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Park Ridge Girl Had Heart Defect

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By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890

(PARK RIDGE)A final autopsy has revealed that the death of a 7-year-old Park Ridge girl back in June was the result of a congenital heart defect.

Katherine Babich collapsed at a cheerleading camp at Maine South High School June 27. According to the Cook County medical examiners report, Babich had Ebstein’s anomaly which is a malformed heart valve that doesn’t function properly. Her cause of death has been listed as “natural.”

Organizers ended up canceling the cheer camp and provided grief counselors for those in attendance. Babich had just finished first grade at Field Elementary School.