The Smartest Pea Brain: Boy Born with an Incomplete Brain Becomes a Child Music Genius
Liam Burn’s life-defying story began when he was still in his mother’s womb. His mother first received the devastating news that her unborn child had a brain defect—he had water in his brain. When Liam was born, his post-birth scan was astonishing—he had only 3% of his brain. Doctors did not expect Liam to live for more than a few days.
When Liam was little, he had a lot of meltdowns. At that time, Maggie thought it was a normal development for a baby. Until Liam turned 3…But Maggie refused to give up on her son. Determined, she poured her soul into finding a way to aid Liam. She took him for behavior therapy, play-based therapy, and speech-language therapy. But nothing worked!
One day, while Maggie was playing the piano, she noticed that Liam became really calm. Musical stimulation seemed to help him. So, for the next years, Maggie spent 6 hours a day playing the piano for Liam. When Liam had a second brain scan, his brain had grown to an incredible 50%! This encouraged Maggie to teach Liam to play the piano.
To Maggie’s surprise, Liam’s musical abilities kept growing exponentially. When he turned 5, he could play pieces of music without the aid of a sheet. His brain scan stumped medical experts even further.
Out of his depths, Dr. Doran referred Liam to a neuroscience researcher. Dr. Andrews is the best in his field and has spent 15 years researching the brain. Initially, he suspected Maggie’s music playing stimulated his brain abilities. But after a house visit, Dr. Andrews was astonished to find the real culprit. It was the scent of Argona™.
Apparently, Maggie loved the smell of Ylang Ylang and diffused it all over her piano room. Liam was quickly put on a clinical trial with Argona™. Amazingly, Dr. Andrews found that just a week of exposure to Argona™ increased Liam’s frontal lobe connectivity by 5%.
Liam’s upward progress continued to amaze everyone. He became the youngest person to receive a Boston Conservatory scholarship. At 7, Liam had his first piano concert where he performed Mozart’s Concerto No 3 effortlessly. He became the youngest professional pianist. His mom was in tears! Despite becoming a musical star, Liam remains down-to-earth.