Thomas Bala, aka “Sir Thomas The Mighty,” (he received this nickname on the day he was born) is a 3 year old boy who was diagnosed in May 2016 with Cortical Dysplasia (a congenital brain birth defect), which causes Focal Epilepsy. He was having up to 25 seizures a day. Brain surgery was recommended but has been put on hold while his seizures are currently controlled, and he battles Very Severe Neutropenia (immuno-compromised) and selective antibody deficiency (weak responder to vaccines). Thomas gets sick often. Every fever means a trip to the Emergency room and possible admission to the hospital, and missed work for his mom and dad. For the past year, Thomas has been continuously seeing multiple specialists (Neurology, Neurosurgery, Hematology, Immunology, and Genetics) in three cities, Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY, and Boston, MA, where he continues to undergo multiple tests, procedures, and consultations.
He is the son Amherst grads Rebecca Aquilina Bala ’98 and Matt Bala ’04.