WACO, Texas (KWTX) Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey didn’t make the trip with her team to California Friday to play UCLA after the death of her unborn granddaughter, Scout Marie Fuller.
The stillborn infant was delivered early Friday morning after doctors were unable to detect a heartbeat during a weekly checkup on Thursday.
The infant, the first child of Mulkey’s daughter, Makenzie Fuller, a former Lady Bears player who’s now a member of her mother’s staff, and her husband, Clay, a former standout on the Baylor football team, faced stiff odds.
She was missing the right side of her heart and was believed to have Turner’s syndrome, a rare condition in which a female is born with just one X chromosome, which can cause physical and learning disabilities.
Associate Head Coach Bill Brock will be courtside when the No. 3 Lady Bears face No. 8 UCLA Saturday afternoon.
He said the team will take to the court in honor of their head coach’s first granddaughter.
Brock said Mulkey informed the team of the loss before practice on Thursday.
“Makenzie and Clay have talked to our team about the possibility that they might lose their child. So when it happened it wasn’t a total shock, but obviously when she made the announcement our girls took it really hard. We’re a family,” he said.
Brock said the infant’s death may lead to heightened awareness to conditions not often talked about.
“I think baby Scout has done a tremendous thing of making people aware of these conditions,” Brock said.
“And I have no doubt that she’s going to be looking over us and flying to UCLA and back with us. “
Earlier this week, Mulkey and her daughter turned to social media to ask for prayers for the unborn infant.
"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. At the same time, we are saddened to say that our daughter is struggling and fighting for her life every day,” Makenzie posted.
Mulkey also asked fans for prayers following Makenzie’s announcement.
“It’s times like this that you remember that God is running the show, especially when it comes to birth and death,” Mulkey wrote.
“We will be accepting of what God’s plan is for Scout. This is our life and regardless of what the future holds, Scout will always be my first grandchild.”