Child's illness inspires new Illinois law

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By Peter Johnson

OUNCY, Ill. -- An Illinois law is trying to help save lives by requiring hospitals in the state to prescreen children for heart disease.

The governor signed the law in August and the family that played a key role in making that happen says they do not want other parents to go through what they have gone through.

"When she was born, she was whisked away from us and taken to St. Louis Children's Hospital," said mother Carrie Trowbridge. "Basically her body was kind of shutting down. We had another surgery when she was 6 months old and another heart surgery again when she was 3 years old. She's doing great now."

The family shared her story at the Illinois state capitol alongside the March of Dimes to lobby for the addition to the state's required newborn screenings.

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