Autopsy reveals girl’s cause of death at Park Ridge cheer camp
PARK RIDGE, Ill. — A 7-year-old girl who died suddenly while attending a suburban cheerleading camp died of natural causes.
An autopsy determined that Kate Babich, of Park Ridge, suffered from a congenital heart disease called Ebstein’s anomaly.
She was attending a cheerleading camp at Maine South High School in June when she collapsed.
A trainer performed CPR and paramedics were called, but she was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Kate was a first grader at Field Elementary School.
“Kate is known as an inspired learner, a leader and a good friend to everyone in her class. I know her classmates and Field staff will miss her dearly,” District 64 Supt. Laurie Heinz said in the statement.