Dr. Blount hits the slopes with Thomas Summers - Archived
When Thomas was just 7 weeks old, doctors disconnected the left portion of his brain from the right to stop him from seizing. Chris and Stuart didn't know at the time if he would be able to walk, talk or even have the capacity to love after undergoing the rare, complicated procedure. "It was very scary," Chris said. "I think for us, we didn't realize he could live without half a brain. We thought he would be in bed for the rest of his life. We had a lot of questions. But, of course, he has turned out fabulous." Thomas has exceeded everyone's expectations, especially since the family moved from Birmingham, Alabama, to Park City a couple of years ago. He regularly undergoes physical and occupational therapy. But, Chris and Stuart largely attribute his progress to the National Ability Center, which has helped him become a "remarkable skier." The nonprofit organization provides recreational activities and educational programs for people with disabilities. Thomas had a unique opportunity to show off his skiing on Thursday at Park City Mountain Resort for the man his parents credit with saving his life: Dr. Jeffrey Blount, a pediatric epilepsy and neurosurgeon based in Birmingham. Click on this link for more information.