A newborn is fighting for her life after being struck in the head by a softball during her dads game.
Seven-week-old McKenna Hovenga was airlifted from the softball game in Iowa, to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Wednesday.
The ball had fractured the tiny baby’s skull, causing two serious brain bleeds and frequent seizures.
McKenna’s parents Kassy and Lee are desperately waiting for their daughter’s condition to take a turn for the better.
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In a Facebook post the family have said how Kassy and McKenna were sitting behind the fence in the stands on the third base line at Lee’s softball game.
“Another pair of teams were playing and Lee was helping Kassy get situated with a blanket over her, so Kassy could breastfeed. Lee had his back to the field and never saw the ball coming. The ball came over the fence – and either hit McKenna first or hit Kassy first.
“We’re really not sure as it happened so fast and Kassy was looking down at McKenna as she was feeding. Neither of them saw the ball as it came over the fence. What’s puzzling is that the fractures are on the side that was next to Kassy – not the outward side. Kassy has a large lump on her bicep where the ball impacted.
“McKenna didn’t begin to scream until a few seconds afterward. They were unaware that she was even hit, until the large lump formed. It happened that fast.”
“I just wanted to be clear that they were in a safe location, this was her first outing other than to see family or go to grocery store or doctor’s appointments.”
The latest update from the family on Healing for McKenna Facebook page is that “McKenna is stable and nothing really has changed. We are starting to see more fluid positivity and unfortunately the diuretic they gave her didn’t have much effect, but they aren’t concerned at this time. Her heart rate did go up a little, but nothing like what we were seeing with the seizures before – and then she settled down. At this point it’s just waiting, watching and praying.”
We wish them well. Keep fighting little McKenna x
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