A toddler from Iowa is making sluggish however regular progress in her restoration after being hit within the head by a softball.
As Lee Hovenga readied to play in a leisure sport of softball on Could 2, his spouse Kassy Hovenga took a seat within the stands behind third base with their 7-week-old daughter, McKenna, in line with a Fb web page arrange by kinfolk and mates of the household.
Except for check-ups and operating errands, the sport marked McKenna’s very first outing, a put up within the group, Therapeutic For McKenna, detailed.
When one other pair of groups took the sector, Lee took a break and helped Kassy cowl herself with a blanket to breastfeed McKenna. However, with their consideration diverted away from the sector, the couple didn’t discover when a softball was launched over the fence of their path.
Whereas the softball hit Kassy within the bicep, the couple wasn’t conscious that McKenna was impacted, too — till she began screaming just a few seconds later and a big lump fashioned on her head.
In accordance with the Fb group, the toddler was instantly taken to close by Waverly Well being Heart in Waverly, Iowa, and was then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital on the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. As soon as in Minnesota, docs positioned McKenna on anti-seizure drugs as they handled her for cranium fractures and two mind bleeds.
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Within the hours and days after she was hit, child McKenna suffered a number of seizures, some lasting nearly 10 to 15 minutes lengthy, with lots of them coming back-to-back in clusters. McKenna was quickly put in a “deep coma” and positioned on a ventilator, in line with Therapeutic For McKenna.
On Could 4, medical personnel carried out a CT scan on McKenna and located one of many bleeds in her mind had grown bigger. They quickly ordered a blood transfusion, an replace within the Fb group stated.
One other CT scan over the weekend confirmed McKenna was steady, however, in line with Fb, docs stay uncertain about any mind harm she might have suffered. The household gained’t know the diploma of it — or if she even has any harm — till she is additional into her restoration. As of Sunday, a put up on Therapeutic For McKenna introduced she had been seizure free for greater than two days.
Lee and Kassy declined to remark when reached by PEOPLE, saying in an announcement that they “need to focus our power and time to the care and luxury of McKenna.”
The household has not too long ago arrange a YouCaring donation web page to assist with McKenna’s medical care. Supporters on the web page have already raised some $35,000 of their $50,000 objective as of Tuesday, which the household stated will solely go towards McKenna’s current and future medical bills.
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The donations — irrespective of how small — might assist the couple throughout one in every of their most tough occasions.
“Lee and Kassy went by means of three rounds of in vitro to have McKenna on prime of different infertility remedies,” Laura, a relative of the couple, instructed PEOPLE. “This has been particularly crushing to them.”