Infant girl hospitalized with brain injury after softball hits her head at game

(Meredith)– A 7-week-old child is defending her life after a softball struck her in the head while she was at her dad’s video game last week.

McKenna Hovenga suffered numerous skull fractures and two brain bleeds after the freak accident on May 2. The newborn likewise battled several seizures due to the serious brain injury, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.

She and her mom, Kassy, were in the stands at a ballfield in Shell Rock, Iowa when a ball flew over the fence and struck the infant, inning accordance with a YouCaring page created on her

behalf. The family”never saw the ball coming,”an update on the page states. McKenna didn’t begin to shriek till a couple of seconds later. They were unaware that she was even struck, till a big swelling formed.

She was carried to Waverly University hospital then taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital at Mayo Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

4 days after McKenna was struck, she had been seizure-free for 48 hours and doctors began to wean her off her seizure medication, inning accordance with a post on the

Healing for McKenna Facebook page. The family says they’re not blaming anybody for what occurred to their child lady.

“Unfortunately, we can’t bubble cover our children, as much as we may desire,” a post on the YouCaring page states. “We blame NOBODY.”

Although McKenna has a long road to recovery, her household says she’s making some great strides.

“Right now, it’s a waiting game and every hour that passes with no news is good news,” an upgrade on Healing for McKenna says. “Exactly what a true blessing it is to make it this far!”

The household has raised more than $33,000 to assist with McKenna’s medical expenses.

Click here to visit McKenna’s YouCaring page.

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