Former March of Dimes ambassador dies

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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:36 pm | Updated: 9:32 pm, Sat Mar 23, 2013.

Mary Beth Miller, whose family represented the state as ambassadors for the March of Dimes a few years after she was born with a heart defect, died Saturday in Birmingham. She was 7.

Mary Beth was born four weeks premature on Oct. 17, 2005, at Flowers Hospital to Mark and Stacee Miller. Her pediatrician detected a heart murmur and she was flown to UAB Hospital in Birmingham where doctors diagnosed her with hypoplastic right heart syndrome. The right side of her heart did not form properly and blood did not flow through her body as it should have.

She had heart surgeries and catheterizations starting before she was a year old. Although she received a transplanted heart in November 2011, she still was in and out of the hospital.

Arrangements and a list of survivors will be announced by Ward Wilson Funeral Home.

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