A hockey player from St. Paul, Minnesota, died on Christmas Day after suffering multiple strokes in early December.
Cormick Scanlan, 16, died on Sunday night “peacefully” and “surrounded by family,” according to a post from the St. Paul Capitals Hockey Association.
“Our hockey community has lost a great young man. Cormick Scanlan passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family,” the post stated.
According to the post, Scanlan suffered a stroke on Dec. 6 due to a rare condition called moyamoya disease. According to NIH, moyamoya disease, which means “puff of smoke” in Japanese, is a rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain in an area called the basal ganglia.
“Cormick suffered a stroke on December 6th. Angiogram revealed that he had a rare condition called moyamoya disease. He had bypass surgery on Thursday the 15th to repair the left side carotid artery with blood vessels from his head. Sadly, he suffered additional strokes thereafter.”
My question is, was he know to have this disease, or did it just happen?