After his mother underwent brain surgery and her condition unexpectedly worsened, 5-year-old Isaiah Pegues asked his schoolteacher if his mother was going to die.

Now, nearly three years later, Isaiah’s mom, Yvette Pegues is not only alive after completing rehabilitation at Shepherd Center, but she and her children (Junior Authors: Isaiah, now 10 and Elijah, 7) have also collaborated with her on a children’s book called “My Mommy Had Brain Surgery and I’m Okay!”