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Santorum Daughter Hospitalized

Candidate cancels campaign events to be with disabled daughter Isabella
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2012 5:32 AM CST
Santorum Daughter Hospitalized
Rick Santorum holds his daughter Isabella before announcing he is entering the Republican presidential race, Monday, June 6, 2011, in Somerset, Pa.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – Rick Santorum's 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, who suffers from the genetic condition Trisomy 18, was hospitalized yesterday, causing Santorum to cancel his campaign events this morning to travel to Philadelphia and be by her side, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Half of babies with Trisomy 18, a chromosomal defect, are stillborn, and fewer than 10% make it to their first birthday.

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"All children are a gift that comes with no guarantees," Santorum wrote in a newspaper column in 2010. "While Bella's life may not be long, and though she requires our constant care, she is worth every tear." Isabella's condition has caused frequent visits to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "I look at the simplicity and love she emits," Santorum said in a recent web video, "and it's clear to me we're the disabled ones." Santorum's campaign say they expect him to return to Florida later today. (Read more Rick Santorum stories.)

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