Newborn hit with softball during game suffers broken skull

Henrietta Strickland
May 9, 2018

The family of a baby girl who was hit in the head with a softball says she is starting to look more like herself tonight.

The ball struck McKenna Hovenga while her dad was playing a softball game in Shell Rock, Iowa on Wednesday.

Lee Hovenga, the father, was helping to get Kassy Hovenga, the mother, situated with a blanket so that the baby could discreetly breastfeed.

"The ball came over the fence - and either hit McKenna first or hit Kassy first".

She was transported to Waverly Health Center and then taken by helicopter to St. Mary's Hospital at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

McKenna was airlifted to the hospital for skull fractures and two brain bleeds, according to the family's YouCaring page.

A Monday morning update said McKenna is stable and improving.

Doctors are also treating the baby for a respiratory infection.

Four days after McKenna was hit, she had been seizure-free for 48 hours and doctors began to wean her off her seizure medication, according to a post on the Healing for McKenna Facebook page.

On May 8, a Facebook post said, "McKenna is making some really great strides", and they have set up a YouCaring Account for the baby.

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