Real Life Pinocchio

This story is about a toddler named Ollie Trezise whose brain grew inside his nose and he has been described as the ‘real life Pinocchio’ by his proud mother. He was born in feb 2014 with a weird rare condition which caused his brain to grow through a crack in his skull into his nose

Ollie Trezise has a rare defect called encephalocele, where a sac-like protrusion or projection of the brain and the membranes that cover it, come through an opening in the skull

Unable to breathe and to close the gap in the skull, baby has been forced to undergo several painful operation also the brave youngster has been bombarded with cruel comments from strangers. Well that’s sick.

Ollie was born with an encephalocele - where part of his brain was coming through a gap in his skull


Miss Poole(Baby’s mother) first discovered that something was different about Ollie at her 20-week scan when doctors told her he had unexpected soft tissue growing on his face.

Ollie has had several operations to fix the opening in his skull, causing part of the brain to grow through the gap

Another MRI scan later confirmed that the lump was an encephalocele – a defect that causes the brain to grow through a hole in the skull, creating a protruding sac. In Ollie’s case the sac had grown on his nose, causing it to stick out.

Real Life Pinocchio

Over the next nine months, as Ollie’s body grew, so did his nose – just like Pinocchio. So doctors told his terrified mother that they needed to operate on him to open up his nasal passage and enable him to breathe properly

Real Life Pinocchio

Real Life Pinocchio

Then in November 2014, he underwent the successful 2-hour operation at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The surgery involved cutting open his skull to remove the excess sac of brain fluid and rebuild his nose.

Now fully recovered, Ollie is a bubbly little boy who loves splashing in his paddling pool and playing with his four-year-old sister, Annabelle

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