Author Archives: Jennifer Markowitz

Jennifer Markowitz

About Jennifer Markowitz

Jennifer Markowitz is a board-certified pediatric neurologist, who also holds an MFA in creative writing.

Noah Wall

The Boy Born With 2 Percent Of His Brain: A Neurologist’s Perspective

It was the worst news two prospective parents could get. As described in the New York Post, Shelley and Rob Wall were told their baby had “no brain.” Doctors believed it had not developed. The couple, from Cumbria, in northwest England, were advised on multiple occasions to terminate the pregnancy. They were told their child would never see, hear, eat, or talk. However, they refused to give up hope. On 11/11, at 11 o’clock, little Noah was born.

Six years later, he had made remarkable progress. He was a bright, interactive child who could certainly see, hear, eat, and talk. Thanks to intensive physical therapy he was learning to walk, and even to surf. Noah had gone from having an estimated 2% of a normal brain size at birth to a brain size that was 80% normal at age 6. How is this possible? read more