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Miracle boy Noah wins national bravery award

A little boy from our region has been celebrating a very special birthday.

Noah Wall, from Abbeytown, was born with spina bifida - and just two per cent of his brain was working.

Despite doctors warning he was unlikely to survive birth, Noah has just turned two years old.

And it has been another special day for the family, as Noah received a national bravery award.

Finola Miles reports.

An extra special birthday present for Noah Wall - a national award!

Rob, Shelly and Noah celebrate his win at the Mother and Baby awards in London Credit: Wall family

Two year old Noah Wall received a belated birthday present today as he was named Mother and Baby magazine's 'Baby Against All Odds'.

Noah along with his mum Shelly and dad Rob made the journey to the Dorchester in London from their Abbeytown home.

Little Noah has been dubbed a 'miracle' baby by his parents after he was born with just two per cent of his brain working and they were told to plan his funeral before his birth. Despite ongoing health problems he is now a happy smiling little boy.

More than 800,000 people have now visited the web page his mother Shelly set up to share his story.

Her aim has been to raise awareness of spina bifida and what prospective parents can do to decrease the chances of their baby being born with it.

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Pictures of the little boy who defied medical opinion

Playing on his tablet Credit: ITV News

His parents were told that just two per cent of Noah's brain was functioning. Now he loves to sing, can sit up straight on his own and loves to play computer games.

Noah, Shelly and Dad Rob enjoying family time Credit: ITV News
Family portrait Credit: ITV News
"He's blown everyone away with what he has achieved" Credit: ITV News

Inspirational toddler helping to raise awareness of spina bifida.

Noah Wall's family and friends are celebrating a birthday they never expected him to live to see. He was born with just two per cent of his brain working and his parents were told to plan his funeral before his birth. Despite ongoing health problems he is now a happy smiling little boy.

More than 800,000 people have now visited the web page his mother Shelly set up to share his story. Her aim has been to raise awareness of spina bifida and what prospective parents can do to decrease the chances of their baby being born with it.

Full report: Church restoration after arson damage

It was a fire that seemed to mark the end of an 800-year history for a medieval abbey in Cumbria.

Holme Cultram St Mary, in Abbeytown, was severely damaged in an arson attack in 2006.

The congregation has been fundraising for the past seven years, while attending services in a cramped corridor.

But with a £1.6 million refit, they should be back in the historic building by Christmas.

Watch Andy Burn's report here:

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