Baby born with half of his brain defies odds to say his first words
A two-year-old boy born with just part of his brain has surprised doctors by speaking his first word.
Aaron Murray (2) was born with a rare birth defect called holoprosencephaly and doctors believed he would die hours after entering the world but instead has shocked them by uttering his first word.
"I was told he might live for three minutes, three hours or three days,” Aaron’s mum Emma Murray told The Mirror.
“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.
“I’d been told my son would only live for a few minutes, but now here he was saying ‘Mummy’ - something I never thought I would ever hear.”
Emma had no idea she was expecting Aaron when she went into labour in March 2013, and was overwhelmed by the bleak diagnosis given to her baby.
“I didn’t know I was pregnant until I was in labour.
"With my older son, I had been in no doubt I was pregnant but with Aaron, I had only put on a little weight, I had no sickness or cravings and my periods hadn’t stopped.
“My mum and dad rushed me to Monklands hospital in the middle of the night, thinking I had an appendicitis.
"But as soon as the doctors and nurses examined me, they realised I was about to give birth .”
Doctors in Wishaw General Hospital in the UK told Emma to prepare herself for the worst.
“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.”
Aaron is now two years old and his mum hopes he will continue to beat the odds.
“We don’t know what the future holds but we know Aaron is a happy, contented boy.
"Every moment we have with him is precious”