WACO, Texas (KWTX) Makenzie Fuller, the daughter of Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey, is asking for prayers for her unborn daughter who, she says, is “fighting for her life every day.”
Fuller and her husband Clay, a former Baylor football standout, announced over the weekend she is pregnant with the couple's first baby and the first grandchild of Kim Mulkey.
"Clay and I would like to share a story with everyone. The story of our brave baby girl! Introducing Miss Scout Marie Fuller," Makenzie, the associate director of basketball operations with the women's team, shared along with a picture of her with her husband holding sonogram images.
The photo also included a small Baylor #1 jersey with the name "Fuller" on the back.
"We are overjoyed to share our excitement as we add a little one to our family."
But the Midway graduate says the baby faces stiff odds.
"She has already brought an unimaginable amount of love, strength, and faith into our lives. At the same time, we are saddened to say that our daughter is struggling and fighting for her life every day."
Makenzie says the baby did not develop properly.
She appears to be missing the right side of her heart, a condition known as Hypoplastic Right Heart.
In addition to that, Makenzie says the baby is believed to have Turner's syndrome, which she says is a "rare defect resulting from the way things connected and transferred at conception."
"This in itself adds to her struggle with varying degrees of severity both internally and externally. Most of these babies do not make it to birth. "
"No, this is not the kind of post anyone wants to write...but we are so blessed to call this sweet girl ours and we want to share her and her life with the world. She is the strongest little person I know. She is the most loved child, grand child, great grandchild, and niece there is. So today we are celebrating and simply praying for God’s will and whatever is best for our little fighter."
Makenzie told KWTX she and Clay are facing the uncertain days ahead with lots of support from her family, including her own mom.
"From blood relatives to family friends, they are going through this with us and sharing the heartbreak, joy, and uncertainty as if Scout is their own. There is no best way to approach it or best thing to say. All that matters is how much love we have felt and the support we know is there. We are all just trying to honor our sweet baby with our days and celebrate her life."
The baby girl is due in April.
Makenzie has weekly appointments with her doctors.
"At this point, every day with her is a gift,” she said.