Iowa baby struck by softball released from hospital


The Iowa baby who was struck by a softball in May is back home.

McKenna Hovenga suffered multiple seizures and brain bleeding after she was hit on the head by an overthrown ball on May 2, when she was only 7-weeks-old.

The infant spent six weeks at Mayo Clinic children's hospital and her parents were not even allowed to hold her.

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"We couldn't make noise in the room. We couldn't touch her," McKenna's father, Lee Hovenga said.

The family says McKenna's seizures became more frequent and longer, sometimes lasting over an hour.

"She could have a chance to stop breathing. That is not something you want to hear," McKenna's mother Kassy said.

The seizures finally stopped after doctors put McKenna in a coma and helped her breathe using a ventilator.

And slowly, but surely, McKenna powered through and on June 11, after multiple surgeries, the infant was released from the hospital.

"We don't even know what struggles she is going to face in future. They told us we could start to see signs at 6 to 9 months, and she might not show anything until she is starting school. It could be a learning disability," Kassy said.

For now, it’s soaking up every moment, because their daughter is home.