Brian Fischer and his son Brady embraced life and baseball through trials and tribulations
Richard Obert, azcentral sports
Brady Fischer has no memory of it. But every two years, when he has his heart checked out again, he is reminded.
Last week was the 16-year anniversary of the Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep sophomore baseball player’s open-heart surgery.
At 3 days old, he was diagnosed with a hole in his heart. Doctors put off surgery to make sure his lungs were strong enough.
Three months later, he had heart failure and went into surgery.
“At the time, we didn’t know he would make it, let alone thrive,” said Natalie Fischer, Brady’s mother.
Fischer is the only child of Natalie and Brian Fischer.
He was Brian’s bat boy at Notre Dame when the Saints won the state championship in 2013.
He is now a first baseman, hitting .500 on the junior varsity at Notre Dame, and starting six varsity games for his dad Brian, the head coach.
Brady’s heart has remained strong since having surgery as an infant. But the doctor visits remind him of how close he was to dying.
“It’s kind of tough, but it’s a good past to have,” Brady said. “I can move off of that, and prove people wrong.”
He feels he doesn’t need to go back to the doctor, but he said it’s good that he does to make sure it’s working right.
“I’ve played every single sport but with my dad and baseball, since the time I was born, it stuck with me,” Brady said.
Brian said his son’s heart ailment created a deeper bond.
“We had a scare two years ago, where they felt something wasn’t right,” Brian said. “They felt that the patch had failed. If that was the case, then they’d have to open him back up. But it wasn’t. He’s been fine.”
These life issues puts things in perspective for Brian.
“It’s just baseball,” he said.
Brian and Natalie have watched their son grow up to take on any challenge, to not take anything for granted and to stay humble.
“I’m proud of him to do what he’s doing,” Brian said. “We have a chance to be in the same dugout. He’s earned it himself. He’s been in the big stadiums, the state championships. Now it’s his chance to do it on his own.”
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