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. davec.0121

    Regardless of political affiliations, we should all wish her and her parents and siblings all that is good and hope for the best for her. Those of you who choose to drag politics into this should really examine your lives and your feelings.

    April 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. toni rose

    i sure am sorry this child had to be hospitalized yet again. but wonder what her father would think/do if he both had the meager medical coverage so many americans have and did not have a job that paid enough to afford either a very high deductible or out-of-pocket medical treatment. for example, if he had an individual instead of group policy, most likely she would be denied coverage because they consider this a pre-existing condition, etc., etc., etc.

    April 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Margaret

    This is news why? Rick, go home and be a dad. The idea you decided to run for president while your daughter is languishing really shows how self centered you are.

    April 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Having lost a very young child after several years of prayers....I know the pain....................!!! I know this is cold, but he is lucky that he has insurance!!!!!!

    April 6, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Joshua Ludd

    Well, best of luck to her and her family. After all, its not like they have to worry about being able to pay for her care... what with being wealthy. And now thanks to Obama, his daughter's insurance can't be canceled because she actually has to use it.

    April 6, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. SunriseTomorrow

    We demonstrate compassion regardless of differences. This is a great country!

    April 6, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. jkharris

    Trisomy 18 is NOT a from a lack of perinatal screening. I lost idential TWIN BOYS at 23 weeks gestation to Trisomy 18 - obviously being identical they both had T-18 and both suffered the same heart defect. I had PLENTY of perinatal screening! Sometimes, things go wrong when conception begins. That is why any baby is considered a miracle! My fertility doctor and geneticist both said this can happen at any time!

    April 6, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. JC in Western U.S.

    No one, I repeat NO ONE should post any comment on this story other than wishes for Bella's speedy recovery and empathy for her parents. This is not the time or place for anything except the shared human concern for the well-being of a little girl and the parents who love her deeply. Don't make this anything else. BTW, I'm a dyed in the wool Democrat, but I know where the line is and I'm urging everyone not to cross it here.

    April 6, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Big Al

    Darn good thing she has a rich daddy. If not, we'd all have to foot her medical bills.

    April 6, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I would hope only that Bella gets exactly the same medical treatment that Santorum is saying the average American get – no more no less.

    April 6, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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