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Mark Joy, 5, of New Lenox, poses for a picture, while holding a frame of her would-be older sister Abbigail. Abbigail died two months after birth from heart defects. Mark also was born with heart issues. Photo Submitted
Megan Schuller, Assistant Editor
4:58 pm CST February 4, 2019

According to the American Heart Association eight out of 1,000 births have some form of congenital heart disorder, most of which are mild. 

New Lenox mother of five Jackie Joy, who defied odds and gave birth to two children diagnosed with CHD, is now speaking out to advocate for families of children born with CHD.