• Cierra Bynum

Baby hospitalized after softball injury to the head

An Iowa infant is receiving national attention as she battles for her life after sustaining a serious head injury at her dad’s softball game.

On May 2, 2018, seven-week-old baby McKenna Hovenga was struck in the head by an overthrown softball. The infant was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital at Mayo Clinic for skull fractures and two brain bleeds, according to USA Today.

While at the hospital, Hovenga had several seizures, some lasting up to an hour. The seizures were caused by swelling of the brain and blood clots.

On May 9, 2018, the family reported that the bleeding and swelling of the brain were gone, and that she had only had two seizures that day.

A family member created a Facebook page to keep people updated about Hovenga; the page has gained thousands of followers, with all sending their thoughts and prayers to the family.

"We appreciate all of you and your prayers more than you can ever fathom. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! Kassy and Lee need to know they are not alone in all of this. May God bless you all for your generosity and kindness,” family member Laura Heise told USA Today.