Scotland – A boy born with half a brain has defied medics by talking and feeding himself.
Calib Forsyth’s mother was told she should terminate her pregnancy because of his bleak prospects. But two-year-old Calib – who is missing the back half of his brain – has amazed everyone with his determination to live a full life.
He has Dandy Walker syndrome, which affects one or two babies in Scotland each year. Most are severely disabled and die within the first year.
Calib’s mum Sarah, 33, says he is a “miracle”: “I was advised to terminate my pregnancy when I had an ultrasound at 22 weeks.
“I was told my baby would not function in the outside world and if he did survive, he would not be able to do anything for himself. Thankfully, my maternal instincts kicked in – I wanted to give him a chance.”
Even after he was born, medics warned Sarah he would most likely spend his life hooked up to machines. But Calib got stronger every day and after four operations he has learned to talk and “bum shuffle” on the way to learning to walk.
He sports a black eye as the result of his determination to live life to the full with his sisters Leona, 14, Simone, 12, and Hayley, four.
Sarah, of Glenrothes, said: “He can pick up after himself, feed himself his dinner and control his wheelchair. He can bum shuffle across the room which is lovely to watch. He is learning to talk, he can repeat words back to you and he really loves Disney films and he is learning to sing along to his favourite ones.”