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Boy born with 2% of his brain now dreaming of playing for Newcastle United

Noah Wall has managed to grow his brain and is now dreaming of playing for Newcastle United (Picture: Michelle Wall/SWNS)

A boy born with only two per cent of his brain, who doctors said may never walk, talk or eat, is now dreaming of scoring for his Newcastle United idols.

Noah Wall, 9, developed a cyst in his head while still in his mother’s womb, which was destroying his brain.

His parents Michelle, 49, and Rob, 55, were told to prepare for the worst and even chose a coffin for him.

But when their 9lb 7oz baby was born in March 2012, he took a first breath on his own and has fought back ever since.

Noah Wall was born with just two percent of his brain. See SWNS story SWLEbrain; A boy who was born with just two percent of his brain which led doctors to believe he would live in a vegetative state has made a remarkable recovery to celebrate his ninth birthday. Brave Noah Wall developed a rare brain condition in the womb and his parents Michelle, 49, and Rob, 55, were told by doctors that he would likely never talk, walk, or eat on his own.
Noah Wall was born with just two per cent of his brain (Picture: Michelle Wall/SWNS)
Noah’s brain grew from 2 per cent to 80 per cent (Picture: Michelle Wall/SWNS)
Doctors believed he would remain in a vegetative state for the rest of his life (Picture: Michelle Wall / SWNS)

His brain became bigger and now he has 80 per cent of its function.

Noah — who also has spina bifida and has been isolating through lockdown with his family in Carlisle — spent his birthday quietly for a change.

In 2017 he met his football heroes. He said: ‘I love having people around on my birthday — this birthday was different but it was still special.

‘When I went to Newcastle’s stadium I was on the grass and I was amazed. One day I am going to run and score a goal.’

Noah Wall developed a rare brain condition in the womb (Picture: Michelle Wall/SWNS)
Noah Wall celebrating his space themed 9th birthday (Picture: Michelle Wall / SWNS)

Medical opinion is divided on whether Noah’s brain grew, or whether it had been squashed and has expanded.

He has already had 11 operations and faces a life of surgery, but Michelle said: ‘It’s been an absolute joy to see him grow up and become the unique boy he is.’

Michelle, his full-time carer, said: ‘Doctors told us that he would be in a vegetative state. They told us he might not be able to speak, hear, eat, or anything.

Noah has defied the odds to make a remarkable recovery (Picture: Michelle Wall/SWNS)
Noah’s parents were told he would likely never talk, walk, or eat on his own (Picture: Michelle Wall/SWNS)

‘But he tells the time, reads, does maths, and loves science. He can talk about the solar system. He has incredible dreams and even more incredible knowledge.

‘It’s astonishing to me how smart he is. Every single day he does something that impresses me. He’s even started using aftershave in preparation for puberty.

‘I’m so extremely proud of him. He’s my son. His goal in life is to run, it’s what he wants to do. I will help him all I can and always be there for him.’

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