Overweight and weak, 10-year-old Mary Jackson Tofilon could not keep up physically with classmates at her Davenport school. She dragged behind the other children during gym class and always came in last during exercises such as the 600-yard run. “I thought it was because I was heavy,” Tofilon, now 57, said.
But a school-based heart screening indicated a serious problem, and the child and her mother found out Tofilon had been born with a defective aortic valve, which is key to the heart functioning properly. Read Full Story