Four-year-old Jamie Mohr’s remarkable story of survival and genius is truly inspiring. Despite being given just a 10 percent chance of survival due to his placenta stopping working at his 20-week scan, Jamie defied the odds and was born weighing just 1 pound 8 ounces. His mother, Lorraine, refused to terminate the pregnancy and gave birth to him at 28 weeks. Jamie was put on a ventilator immediately after birth, but to everyone’s surprise, he was able to go home just 11 weeks later.
Jamie’s remarkable journey continued as his mother noticed that he was extremely clever just before his second birthday. He could count to 10 and recite the alphabet, and Lorraine soon realized that he had a special gift. Jamie is now able to count in six different languages and has been labeled a “math prodigy.” He helps his mom budget and is able to do fractions and percentages, which is remarkable for a child his age.
Doctors have labeled Jamie as having hyperlexia, which is a super-ability to decode words as well as being gifted with numbers. Jamie’s talents have led Lorraine to meet with his school teachers to set out a special curriculum for him. They are going to put an independent curriculum in place for him, and Lorraine sees him going into the science and technology field and possibly finding a cure for an awful disease.
Lorraine is incredibly proud of Jamie and his ability to overcome so many obstacles. He defies the odds in every single way, and she is no longer surprised by the things he can do. Jamie is incredibly funny, articulate, affectionate, and humble, and he is completely unaware that he is so fantastic. Jamie’s story is a reminder that anything is possible if you have the will to overcome adversity and pursue your dreams. And none of it would have been possible if Lorraine had gone with the doctor’s recommendations to end the pregnancy.