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Shell Rock baby struck by softball improving at the hospital, family says

Shell Rock baby struck by softball improving at the hospital, family says


SHELL ROCK — An infant continues to recover in the hospital more than two weeks after being struck in the head by a ball while in her mother’s arms at a softball game.

Two-month-old McKenna Hovenga is slowly being weaned off various medications that keep her from seizing and is beginning to breathe on her own without the use of a ventilator, according to her mother, Kassy Hovenga, in a post to the Healing for McKenna Facebook page Friday.

She has been awake a few times, which her family shared as videos to the page.

“I can not put into words the joy that I feel right now seeing the progress she has made in just a week,” Kassy Hovenga wrote. “We have a LONG way to go with rehabilitation but those are NOTHING compared to what we have been through!”

McKenna was injured May 2 while in the arms of her mother, Kassy, watching her father Lee’s softball game. She was taken by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and has been a patient since.


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