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Tuesday
Apr102012

Santorum Cancels Morning Events After Daughter's Hospital Discharge

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Rick Santorum’s 3-year-old daughter, Bella, was discharged from the hospital Monday night, but his campaign has canceled two morning events in Pennsylvania to allow the family to help Bella settle in at home.

“Rick and Karen are happy to announce that their daughter, Bella, has been discharged from the hospital and returned home earlier Monday evening,” Hogan Gidley, national communications director for Santorum, said in a statement.  “The Santorum’s are truly overwhelmed by the prayers and support they’ve received.”

The campaign canceled two stops in Bedford and Carlisle Tuesday morning, but added an event in Gettysburg to make up for the cancellations.  Santorum will speak at the “American Heartland Conversation on Faith, Family and American Values” in Lancaster Tuesday evening, as planned.

Bella, who suffers from Trisomy 18, was admitted to the hospital last Friday, and Santorum cancelled all campaign-related events on Monday to spend more time with her. 

The Santorum family also took Bella to the hospital in January when she contracted double pneumonia in her lungs.

Trisomy 18 is a rare, genetic condition that kills about 90 percent of children before or during birth.

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Monday
Apr092012

Santorum's Daughter Bella Expected to be Released from the Hospital

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rick Santorum’s daughter, Bella, is expected to be released from the hospital Monday pending a doctor’s approval, a spokesman for Santorum said.

During an interview on MSNBC Monday morning, Hogan Gidley, national communications director for Santorum, said Bella, who was admitted to the hospital on Friday, is doing much better and Santorum is expected to return to the trail Tuesday.

Bella Santorum suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare, but serious genetic condition that kills about 90 percent of affected children before or during birth. Bella has defied those odds at 3-years-old.

She was also admitted to the hospital in January with pneumonia and Santorum briefly suspended campaigning. But according to Santorum, Bella had a “miraculous turnaround” in January.

Santorum currently has two events scheduled in Pennsylvania on Tuesday – a morning rally in Bedford and an appearance at the “American Heartland Conversation on Faith, Family and American Values” at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster in the evening.  He will campaign in the Keystone State through Thursday and speak at the NRA conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Friday.

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Friday
Apr062012

Rick Santorum's Daughter, Bella, Admitted to Hospital

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Bella Santorum, the youngest daughter of Rick Santorum, has returned to the hospital.

“Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital,” Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a written statement. “The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery.”

Bella Santorum suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare, but serious genetic condition thatkills about 90 percent of affected children before or during birth. Bella has defied those odds at 3-years-old.

She was also admitted to the hospital in January with pneumonia and Santorum briefly suspended campaigning. But according to Santorum, Bella had a “miraculous turnaround” in January.

There is not currently any indication what sent Bella to the hospital this time around.

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Sunday
Jan292012

Santorum Cancels Fla. Events to Spend Time With Daughter Bella

Steve Pope/Getty Images(ARCADIA, Fla.) -- Rick Santorum will not appear at any of his Florida campaign stops Sunday, instead staying with his family and youngest daughter Isabella, who was admitted into a Philadelphia hospital Saturday evening.

“Due to the heath of his youngest daughter Bella, Rick Santorum will remain with his family today,” Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement Sunday. “However, the campaign will resume the following Florida schedule using surrogates. Rick himself intends to return to Florida and resume the campaign schedule as soon as is possible.”

The 3 year old, whom the family calls Bella or Boo, suffers from the rare and serious genetic condition Trisomy 18, which kills about 90 percent of children before or during birth. She is at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she is regularly treated.

Santorum’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth, 20, will appear at a Sarasota rally Sunday afternoon in his place, along with members of the Duggar family from the TLC show 19 Kids and Counting. The family has campaigned with Santorum in Iowa, South Carolina, and now Florida. The family will also appear at a Lincoln Day Dinner in Punta Gorda, where Santorum was supposed to speak Sunday afternoon.

The campaign says the former Pennsylvania senator will still participate in two evening tele-town halls with Florida and Minnesota voters.

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Sunday
Jan292012

Santorums Admit Youngest Daughter to Hospital

AFP/Getty Images(DELRAY BEACH, Fla.) -- Rick Santorum and his wife Karen admitted their youngest daughter, Bella, to a Philadelphia hospital Saturday night.

The 3-year-old suffers from the rare, but serious genetic condition Trisomy 18, which kills about 90 percent of children before or during birth.

The campaign did not immediately know how serious Bella’s condition is, but Hogan Gidley, Santorum Communications Director told ABC News “even a cold is not a good thing.” She’s been admitted to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The former Pennsylvania senator often talks about his daughter on the campaign trail. He says Bella did have multiple hospital visits her first year, including an incident so serious that Karen, a former neo-natal nurse, was able to intervene and perform CPR on Bella and rush her to the hospital in time.

Santorum said that was the last time Bella was in the hospital, a point of pride that usually brings down the house when he tells audiences on the trail.

The Santorums also tell the story of when Bella was first born, because of the gravity of her condition, they would have birthday parties daily, then weekly for Bella as she got better, to celebrate her life.

For the first time since Christmas Day, Santorum was not campaigning today, instead returning to his home state of Pennsylvania for a fundraiser Friday night. He was supposed to have another fundraiser this evening in Virginia, where he now lives with his family. He was also planning on retrieving his tax returns from his home computer in Virginia on Saturday.

The campaign has canceled Santorum’s appearance at a Miami church Sunday morning.

“Rick intends to return to Florida and resume the campaign schedule as soon as is possible,” Gidley said in a statement.

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