A SINGLE superdad has adopted his fifth disabled child, a 23-month-old boy who can't walk, talk or eat.

Hero Ben Carpenter, 35, has welcomed baby Noah to his brood after he adopted four other children who all have disabilities.

Noah has a rare genetic disorder called Cornelia de Lange syndrome, which can cause growth delays, intellectual disability and limb defects.

He is also a single dad to Jack, 12, Ruby, eight, Lily, seven, and four-year-old Joseph.

Jack has autism, Ruby has complex needs, Lily is profoundly deaf and Joseph has Down's Syndrome.

Ben, from Huddersfield, said his new little boy is a pleasure to look after.

He told the Examiner Live: "He is the most placid child I have ever cared for. He very rarely cries and is the most laid-back person with a wonderful personality.

"He has this presence; you just know he is in the room. When he sees you he gives you a big beaming smile."

This week Ben was given permission by a High Court judge to adopt Noah.

What is Cornelia de Lange syndrome?

Cornelia de Lange syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes developmental delays.

It is characterised by slow growth before and after birth  and can lead to short stature; intellectual disability; and abnormalities of bones in the arms, hands, and fingers.

Those with the conidttion often have distinctive facial features such as low-set ears, widely spaced teeth and an upturned nose.

Many also have behavioural problems similar to autism.

It can also cause hearing loss, digestive problems and excessive hair growth.

The judge commended Ben for all he's done for children with disabilities.

Ben, who became one of the youngest gay men in Yorkshire to adopt, added: "It's a lovely feeling to be honest. Firstly, the child is no longer a 'looked after' child – they are officially yours.

"They are no longer in the care system and they have your surname. They are part of the family unit. As a parent, that is a wonderful feeling. For the child – if they are aware – it is a feeling of security."

The dad-of-five previously appeared on ITV's This Morning and was branded "inspirational" and "remarkable" by viewers.

When asked why he wanted to adopt his children, Benjamin explained: “I only wanted to be a father.

“But I know people might look at me and think, ‘What is he doing?’”

Although he revealed the children are the best thing that ever happened to him, he admitted it’s not always easy.

He explained: “I won’t sugar coat it. It comes with stresses and strains but it’s the best thing you could ever do. I rise above any nasty comments.”


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