31/08/2014 10:15 BST | Updated 31/08/2014 16:59 BST

Boy Born Without A Brain Dies Aged 12 Of Hydranencephaly

A boy born without a brain has defied all medical odds to survive until the age of 12 before dying peacefully.

Trevor Judge Waltrip was born on Christmas Eve 2001 with a rare condition called hydranencephaly which meant his cerebral hemispheres were completely absent and replaced with cerebro-spinal fluid.

The boy was completely blind and unable to communicate but could breathe on his own and respond to some stimuli.

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Trevor pictured in 2003. For more pictures click here.

His mother said in 2003: "He's so alert and hates to be alone. He'll sense that, too."

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He was looked after by his family and a team of therapists and fed through a tube.

In 2005 his mother added: "I look at it like he's here for a reason and I thank God everyday for it."

Those born with the condition - which has no known cure or treatment - usually only live to the age of 12 weeks, so to nearly make it to his teenage years is astonishing.

Trevor died last Monday.


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