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Cumbrian toddler amazes medical experts

Noah Wall and consultant Claire Nicholson Credit: Noah's family

A Cumbrian toddler has left medical experts amazed after his brain function dramatically increased.

Three-year-old Noah Wall from Abbeytown, who has spina bifida, had just two per cent brain function at birth.

But scans have now revealed that his brain is almost fully functioning - a development doctors had not expected.

The scans were taken at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where Noah had operations on the arches of both his feet on Friday to help him stand.

Parents Michelle and Rob Wall were warned their unborn son was unlikely to survive birth, after it became apparent he was missing a back quarter of his brain and were told to expect him to be paralysed from the chest down.

However, Noah defied the odds from birth and has continued to defy them ever since.

The scans of his brain will now be used by medical researchers to help increase understanding about spina bifida.

Claire Nicholson, the consultant treating Noah, believes the pressure of fluid effectively squashing his brain at birth was so severe that he appeared to have little brain function but this function has increased as the pressure's reduced.

She's in no doubt however about what a remarkable little boy he is.

"Noah has greatly exceeded all our expectations in just about every respect. It has been wonderful to watch his progress and to see how much he has learned, and how much joy he brings to everyone around him.

"Perhaps the most important thing of all is not what we can teach Noah, but what he can teach us."

– Claire Nicholson, Noah's consultant
Scans of Noah Wall’s brain show how he had just 2 per cent of brain function when he was born, left, yet now, right, it is nearly fully functioning Credit: Noah's family

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'Proud parents' as Cumbrian toddler helps medical researchers

Noah Wall Credit: Noah's family

A Cumbrian toddler has left medical experts dumfounded after going from just two per cent of brain function at birth to it now being almost fully functional.

Noah Wall, three, from Abbeytown, who has Spina Bifida, had operations on the arches of both of his feet on Friday, at hospital in Newcastle.

He also had an MRI scan of his brain, which will be used by medical researchers.

The brain scan showed a dramatic increase in Noah's brain function, which doctors had not expected.

Scans of Noah Wall’s brain show how he had just 2 per cent of brain function when he was born, left, yet now, right, it is nearly fully functioning Credit: Noah's family

Noah's mum, Shelly, sent ITV Border this video, showing the toddler after the operations, and scan:

"Noah will be going into a medical book to help others understand more about the brain.

"We are such proud parents, we thank Noah's neurosurgeon Miss Nicholson from the RVI Newcastle hospital for her continued support with Noah."

– Shelly Wall, Noah's mum