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     May 18, 2018      #13-137 PB1
McKenna Hovenga
Photo from the Healing for McKenna Facebook page.
Family of Mckenna Hovenga releases statement

By Anne Halliwell

The family of McKenna Hovenga, the 7-week-old baby who was hit in the head with a softball earlier this month in Iowa, may be recovering.

According to the Hovengas’ “Healing for McKenna” Facebook page at the end of last week, McKenna was showing signs of improvement — she was awake for longer periods of time, demonstrated movement in both legs, and tolerated weans well, according to her mother’s Facebook post.

Hovenga was struck in the head by a ball at her father’s softball game May 2 in Shell Rock.

After McKenna was transferred to Mayo Clinic Hospital–Saint Marys, she received treatment for skull fractures and two brain bleeds.

The Hovengas have updated the public about McKenna’s recovery through Facebook. They also started a YouCaring page to raise funds for her treatment.

The Hovengas released a statement to those following McKenna’s recovery, copied below:

“The kindness and love shown to our family this past week is greatly appreciated as we continue to hope and pray for healing for McKenna. We are so thankful and deeply moved by the generous support and the uplifting messages that we are receiving from friends, family and those we do not know, but now consider our friends.

"At this time, we are uncertain what the outcome of this will be. We have to take everything that is happening hour by hour. Her status is constantly changing. Our little McKenna is a fighter, and we are hopeful she will continue to fight to overcome this. We look forward to sharing her smiling face as soon as she will give it to us!

"Thank you, again, for the outpouring of support and prayers that have carried us through this past week. We will continue to update the blog and Facebook account with periodic updates.”

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Anne Halliwell