Santorum's daughter, Bella, hospitalized again
April 6th, 2012
11:20 AM ET
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Santorum's daughter, Bella, hospitalized again

(CNN) - Rick Santorum's three-year-old daughter Isabella, who suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18, is back in the hospital, his spokesman Hogan Gidley announced Friday.

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

Update: Santorum to resume campaigning Tuesday after daughter's hospitalization

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Better known as "Bella," Santorum's daughter was hospitalized with pneumonia in January, prompting the candidate to cancel campaign events shortly before Florida's Republican primary.

Trisomy 18 is caused by extra material from chromosome 18, and is three times more common in girls than boys. Half of patients born with the condition do not survive past the first week of life, according to the National Institutes of Health. Patients who do survive past the first week experience serious medical and developmental problems.

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Mark

    My thoughts and prayers go with you and your family Mr. Santorum. May she be home with you soon, happy, recovered, and safe.

    April 6, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Peace

    Oh! poor angel. Get well soon.

    April 6, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. joi Gibson

    I wish you well Little One!!!!

    April 6, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. RJChavez

    Prayers for Bella and the Santorum family. Gotta be a tough way to spend Easter. Hang tough, Bella!

    April 6, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Prayers for Bella on the way, Rick. May God give you strength.

    April 6, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. SeattleMark952

    Political leanings have no relevance in this situation. I wish and pray for the best for Rick and his daughter.

    April 6, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. princetrumpet

    Praying for a Good Friday miracle for little Bella, Rick.

    April 6, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Carol

    She looks like such a sweetie. 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 year the length of time spent with your child is never enough. No parent should ever have to suffer the loss. God be with Bella and her family.

    April 6, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Thomas

    God bless the child .

    April 6, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Doug in NYC

    Being the parent of a special needs daughter myself, my thoughts are with the Santorum family at this time. Political leanings aside, I do hope things get better for her (Yes I know the reality of the situation) and the Santorum family!

    April 6, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Emmy Skaddittle

    I am glad that they could afford health care

    April 6, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. a little sad

    I do not support Santorum in any way, except to put my prayers toward that little girl and the whole Santorum family.

    May miracles occur.

    April 6, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Charlie from the North

    My thought and prayers are with the Senator. This is one of the worse things that can happen to a dad my heart goes out to him.

    April 6, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Dita

    Easter weekend is no time for a little kid to be hospitalized. I strongly disagree with Santorum's politics and beliefs, but I wish him and his family nothing but good in this difficult time.

    April 6, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Anthony76

    Hope she is ok all, politics aside.

    April 6, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Adam

    It doesn't matter that I don't agree with her father's view on many things, moments like this we all should pray for our children. I pray to almighty for this little angle.

    April 6, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Best to you and your family, Rick.

    April 6, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Malory Archer

    I don't care for the guy at all, but he is really in his element and you can see the genuine love he has for his little one when he is with her.

    April 6, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    P.S., sweet, beautiful photo.

    April 6, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Julie

    Sending lots of prayers for sweet Bella.and for Rick and Karen as well.

    April 6, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. kara McGhee

    You got this Baby Girl!

    April 6, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. frag

    I guess he's still lucky enough to be able to afford to bring his sick kid to the hospital. I hope she gets well, and I hope he realizes how someone might feel who has no insurance. Happy Easter Rick!

    April 6, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Bella will be smiling again, she's a fighter.

    April 6, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. arale norimaki

    How can Santorum complain about health care when taxpayers are paying for his family socialized medicine.

    April 6, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. T'sah From Virginia

    Get WELL La Belle!!!

    April 6, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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