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allthingsneuro: The Boy Who Grew a Brain Noah Wall was born…

allthingsneuro:

The Boy Who Grew a Brain

Noah Wall was born with only 2% of a brain (left), spina bifida and severe hydrocephalus. Doctors predicted that even if he survived, he would suffer severe mental disability and have limited mobility for the rest of his life. 

After surviving his birth, Noah only improved with time. His parents worked with him to learn and grow to live as normal a life as possible, and doctors were stunned with the progress he was making. After 3 years, Noah was scanned again and the results showed his brain had grown to over 80% the size of a normal, healthy brain (right). Noah continues to live a happy life and progress even more, and his unusual case sheds light on the incredible capabilities of the human body and brain.

For anyone interested in learning more about this case, there is a great documentary made by Channel 5 (UK) in the Extraordinary People series about Noah (The Boy With No Brain). For those of you outside the UK the doc is also available on Youtube.

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