Rick Santorum's 3-year-old daughter hospitalized again

WASHINGTON Fri Apr 6, 2012 4:22pm EDT

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (L) reaches back to rub the forehead of his daughter Isabella Maria, who is held by his wife Karen at a rally to officially announce his candidacy for President of the United States on the steps of the courthouse in Somerset, Pennsylvania June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Cohn

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (L) reaches back to rub the forehead of his daughter Isabella Maria, who is held by his wife Karen at a rally to officially announce his candidacy for President of the United States on the steps of the courthouse in Somerset, Pennsylvania June 6, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, who was born with a rare genetic disorder, has been hospitalized again, his campaign said on Friday.

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

Bella suffers from the genetic disorder known as Trisomy 18, which often results in the death of a child. She had been hospitalized briefly in January with pneumonia.

Santorum, trailing Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican nomination, had planned to take time off from the campaign this week. He said Friday he would resume activities on Monday. His home state of Pennsylvania holds its presidential primary on April 24.

(Reporting By Charles Abbott; editing by Mary Milliken and Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (10)
Jill_Again wrote:
Santorum loses a re-election campaign in his home state and expects us to both nominate him for the Republican candidate for President and then to be elected to the White House? Really? Just sayin’ that sounds like he doesn’t understand the concept of an “election”.

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CZSommers wrote:
Go home, back into your cave Rick. That’s where all the Neaderthals go.

Apr 05, 2012 11:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rich.Sevi wrote:
Rick Santorum is completely out of his mind if he honestly believes that the majority of americans will vote to have him running our country. I would never oppose someones right to exercise their freedom of speech, but some of the craziness that falls out of his mouth boggles my mind.
His absolute disregard for women rights, unions, immigrants, and gay/transgender rights show that he is in no way shape or form to lead a free minded society who is progressing at a rapid rate, while he is left trailing behind. His leadership skills and style might be effective in 1700s colony, but regrettably for him, its 2012. The majority of Americans are not the dumb slack jawed idiots he thinks them to be. I’m a believer in God, and religion for that matter, but I also believe in common sense, and the fact that my beliefs should not infringe on the rights every person in the world is entitled to. Rick Santorum makes all who believe in religion and God look like fanatic idiots. and gives the wrong impression of us.

We’re not all the kind of people that will spill a load of crazyballs at the world the moment someone is watching.

If you want conformation of the insanity that he sprouts occasionally, look no further.

“The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. A third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion.”
- Rick Santorum, 3/29/11

“A lesbian woman came up to me and said, ‘why are you denying me my right?’ I said, ‘well, because it’s not a right.’ It’s a privilege that society recognizes because society sees intrinsic value to that relationship over any other relationship.”

- Rick Santorum on gay adoption, 5/3/11

“I don’t think it works. I think it’s harmful to women, I think it’s harmful to our society to have a society that says that sex outside of marriage is something that should be encouraged or tolerated, particularly among the young. I think it has, as we’ve seen, very harmful long-term consequences for society. So birth control to me enables that and I don’t think it’s a healthy thing for our country.”

–Saying that birth control is harmful to women, society and our country. CN8′s “Nitebeat with Barry Nolan”, July 28, 2005.

“But unlike abortion today, in most states even the slaveholder did not have the unlimited right to kill his slave.”

–Comparing a woman’s right to choose to slavery. It Takes a Family, Pg. 241, July 2005.

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