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SHELL ROCK — A 7-week-old baby is still in the hospital days after being hit in the head by a softball at a recreational game with her family.

McKenna Hovenga was struck Wednesday at a softball game being played by her father, Lee Hovenga, in the area, according to a public Facebook page, Healing for McKenna.

The baby was transported to Waverly Health Center and taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., according to family members posting updates to the page.

Family member Laura Heise said on a YouCaring page McKenna suffered skull fractures and two brain bleeds, as well as several seizures.

McKenna Hovenga

McKenna Hovenga, from the Facebook page Healing for McKenna.

The most recent updates Saturday say McKenna is stable and had not suffered a seizure in several hours.

Heise started a YouCaring page on McKenna’s behalf, which has raised more than $12,000 of its $15,000 goal:


Multimedia Reporter

Multimedia Reporter at The Courier

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