Doctors have told the family of 7-weak-old McKenna Hovenga that the infant’s brain activity is calming down — about a week after she was hit in the head with a softball and suffered a traumatic brain injury.  (Facebook )

A 7-week-old that was accidentally struck on the head by a softball last week is being treated at the Mayo Clinic and has shown signs of modest improvements, reports said.


A 7-weak-old baby is on the mend after suffering a traumatic brain injury when a softball accidentally struck her in the head at a ballfield last week in northeastern Iowa.

McKenna Hovenga was at a ballfield in Shell Rock, Iowa, on May 2 with her parents, Lee and Kassy Hovenga. Her father was getting ready to play.

While another team was on the field, Lee was helping his wife get situated to breastfeed when a ball flew over the fence, family member Laura Heise wrote on a public Facebook page on Sunday.

“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,” Heise wrote. “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.”

Authorities said the ball was overthrown.

McKenna was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was being treated for skull fractures, two brain bleeds and seizures, Heise said on a page for the baby, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported Saturday.

Doctors have since started to wean Mckenna off her seizure medication and a neurologist told the family that infant’s brain activity is calming down.

A page for McKenna has been set up to raise funds for medical expenses. As of Wednesday evening, the page has reached $49,337 of its $50,000 goal.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.

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