A 2-year-old boy born without a fully formed brain amazed his mother -- and doctors -- when he said her name for the first time, and again when he celebrated his 2nd birthday.
Emma Murray said she never thought her son Aaron would survive, let alone speak her name.
“When Aaron was first born, I was told there was no way he could survive,” Murray said. “I was told he might live for three minutes, three hours or three days. The doctors told me if it had been any of his other organs which had failed to grow, they would have been able to do something, but they couldn’t grow him another brain.
"But right from the very beginning, Aaron proved he is a real fighter. The other day I was saying, ‘Mummy,’ to him. I was clapping my hands, and he was giggling away. He looked at me and said, ‘Mummy,’ back. I couldn’t believe it."
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Aaron was born in March 2013 with a condition called holoprosencephaly, which caused only a brain stem and very small part of his brain to develop. Doctors said the condition left the boy “incompatible with life.”
“I was absolutely heartbroken,” Murray said. "He was hooked up to every machine and had a hat over his head, so we couldn’t see the size of it. I just sat by his cot rubbing his little hand. I was in total shock.
“Everything had happened so fast – I didn’t even know I was pregnant, I’d given birth and been told my baby was going to die all in the same 24 hours.”
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Despite doctors saying Aaron might live for only a number of hours, the weeks passed by, and Aaron was still alive. After eight weeks in the hospital, the amazing boy was brought home to be with his family.
“He is surrounded by love, and you can see he likes to be involved in everything that is going on,” Murray said. “His big brother, Jack, adores him and sings 'Twinkle, Twinkle' to him at night, which makes him fall asleep.”
Though Aaron is unable to walk or support himself, Murray said her son is very active and tactile — despite being told he’d grow up having the mental age of a newborn.
“We don’t know what the future holds but we know Aaron is a happy, contented boy,” his mother said. “Every moment we have with him is precious.”