Meet Noah Welch! Noah is 11 and according to his adoptive parents, he is starting his own business. He is now a public speaker and motivates his audiences to learn about fetal alcohol syndrome. As Noah's mom says: “All you really need to know is it’s the number one preventable cause of mental retardation in our country."
The News-Herald in Lake Havasu City, AZ reports that:
"Welch didn’t learn to smile until he was nine months old, and he didn’t learn to feed himself until he was five years old, his adoptive mother, Maureen Welch said.Think about Noah the next time you offer someone a drink? If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, think about Noah. He is not just a funny looking kid. What you see could have been prevented with responsible behavior.
He’s fed twice a day through a feeding tube; his head, eyes, mouth and jaw are smaller than average; another birth defect makes it hard for him to breathe; his chest is caved in; his brain development isn’t complete; and his coordination isn’t average."