Iowa baby taken to Mayo after being hit by a softball

7-week-old being treated for skull fractures and brain bleeds.

Posted: May 8, 2018 12:10 PM
Updated: May 8, 2018 1:39 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A 7-week-old baby is being treated for skull fractures and brain bleeds after she was hit in the head by a softball while watching her father play in northeastern Iowa.

Authorities say the overthrown softball struck McKenna Hovenga and her mom, Kassy, as they watched the game Wednesday in Shell Rock, some 95 miles (150 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines. McKenna's father, Lee Hovenga, was in the game.

McKenna was taken to a local hospital then flown to St. Mary's Hospital at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

A post on the Healing for McKenna Facebook page said that after 48 hours without a seizure, doctors have started to wean McKenna off her seizure medication. A neurologist told the family that McKenna's brain activity is calming down.

Article Comments

Mason City
Scattered Clouds
74° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 74°
Albert Lea
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 78°
Austin
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 78°
Charles City
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 73°
Rochester
Few Clouds
74° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 74°
Tracking sunny skies all this week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Innovative City

Image

Historic Wet Weather

Image

Lawn Mower Safety

Image

Tree and Brush Removal

Image

Storm Damage Cleanup

Image

My Money: How to refinance your home

Image

My Money: When to start a college savings account

Image

Tracking Plenty of Sunshine for Monday

Image

Severe weather clean up in Olmsted County

Image

New sign aims to deter drug dealers

Community Events