This Mother’s Day, The Hyssongs released Makayla’s Heart: Moment By Moment, a book which chronicles their journey through heartaches and triumphs.
On July 19, 2008, at 4:44 a.m., the Hyssongs celebrated the birth of Makayla, Richard and his wife Kelly’s newborn. That excitement quickly changed to horror three days later. The doctors discovered twenty-plus tumors in Makayla’s heart with one blocking 75 percent of the blood flow. When she was thirteen days old, masses of brain tumors were found. They were told their precious baby probably would not survive, and if she did, she would not walk, talk, or ever be like other children.
Dell Hyssong relates, “Everyone who has heard about Makayla wanted us to put her story in writing. Her miraculous life has emboldened many to remain strong in their faith and gives hope to those going through difficult situations. As I wrote her story along with co-author Holly Weiss, my prayer was that many lives would change as a result of reading our story. We also wanted to give readers a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of our itinerant ministry. Our family is just like everyone else’s: we hurt, laugh, and cry, but know that no matter what comes our way, God is always in control.”