At the tender age of 15, Hudson Fasching stands 6-foot-3, weighs 200 pounds and is considered one of the top high school players in Minnesota.
As a freshman, Fasching led his Apple Valley High team to an unexpected berth in the prestigious state hockey tournament and is expected to do so again next month as a sophomore. He is an elite soccer player whose high school team is on a 47-0 run that includes two state championships. He was undefeated in junior varsity tennis, essentially without having picked up a racket before the tennis season began.
All of this would make Fasching an interesting and compelling tale.
And when he is eligible to be drafted into the National Hockey League in three years, maybe you’ll remember the name. We will, but not for the reasons you might imagine.
When Hudson was 2 years old, his younger brother Cooper was born. For six weeks, Cooper’s life followed the normal track of newborns. But one day, he began to blow bubbles, and after a trip to the emergency ward, doctors rushed to test the infant boy. They discovered abnormal brain activity and doctors diagnosed that Cooper was suffering from a mitochondrial disorder. While the exact causes aren’t known — according to various sources, about one in 4,000 children will be effected by some mitochondrial disorder by the time they are 10 — Cooper, now 13, is unable to walk or talk.
A year later, after the parents were told that a second child suffering from the same condition would be a one-in-a-million likelihood, Hudson’s sister Mallory was born. For six weeks, Mallory likewise showed no signs of abnormality. But one day, she began to vomit and an EEG revealed Mallory, like Cooper, was suffering from abnormal brain activity. Mallory, now 12, can’t walk or talk.