Makenzie Fuller, former Lady Bear and current Associate Director of Basketball Operations for Baylor women’s basketball, took to Twitter Monday afternoon to announce that she is expecting her first child with husband Clay, Scout Marie Fuller.
“Clay and I would like to share a story with everyone. The story of our brave baby girl!” Makenzie wrote in her post alongside photos of herself and Clay with a jersey that has Fuller on the back, a basketball, sonogram pictures and tiny basketball shoes. “We are overjoyed to share our excitement as we add a little one to our family. She has already brought an unimaginable amount of love, strength and faith into our lives.”
Makenzie’s mom, Baylor women’s basketball coach, Kim Mulkey also posted her excitement on social media.
“I am ecstatic to share that my daughter, Makenzie, is 18 weeks pregnant with my first grandchild,” Mulkey wrote in a post that included #callmeYaya. “Coincidentally, this is my 18th season at Baylor!”
While the excitement about Scout overflowed from these messages, tough news followed.
Makenzie went on to say that Scout is “struggling and fighting” for her life every day. Scout has Hypoplastic Right Heart syndrome, a condition caused by the underdevelopment of the right side structures of the heart. In addition to this, Scout also has been diagnosed with Turner Syndrome.
“This in itself adds to her struggle with varying degrees of severity both internally and externally,” Makenzie wrote. “Most of these babies don’t make it to birth. At this point, every day with her is a gift! She has already beaten the odds making it to where we are today. Her due date is in April, but checkups and appointments are weekly right now.”
As a mom and a coach, Mulkey wrote about feeling in control of things until coming face to face with these types of obstacles.
“It’s times like this that you remember that God is running the show, especially when it comes to life and death,” Mulkey wrote. “Makenzie and my son-in-law, Clay, have unbelievable faith! We will be accepting of what God’s plan is for Scout.”
Makenzie closed her post with describing how loved Scout is and how they’re celebrating her and praying for God’s will and “whatever’s best for our little fighter,” before she added a trio of Bible verses. The first, from Mark 5:36 reads, “But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
The second, Genesis 50:20, says, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
And finally, Job 2:10 says, “But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips.”
Mulkey also shared the picture of the jersey, sonogram, ball and shoes that she captioned, “I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but Grandma is a first!”
“This is our life regardless of what the future holds,” Mulkey wrote to close her post. “Scout will always be my first grandchild. Isn’t it ironic that her name is Scout? We just need to get her here so she can ‘scout’ with me on the road!”