I don’t dare assume that everyone who reads this post prays on a regular basis or ever for that matter. However, I would like to ask everyone who is willing to pray for little Isabella and the rest of the Santorum family. We don’t have a lot of details, but 3-year-old Isabella has never had it easy in this life, and she may need God’s help now more than ever. In the heat of a campaign, sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture, but I hope everyone can see past any differences they have with Rick Santorum (by all accounts, a wonderful father) and unite to support the Santorum family during this tumultuous time.
Here are the details we have so far:
Rick Santorum’s 3-year old daughter has been hospitalized in Philadelphia, his campaign said Saturday.
“Rick and his wife Karen are admitting their daughter Bella to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this evening,” Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
The reason for the hospitalization was not provided.
Santorum’s Saturday morning campaign schedule has been canceled, but Gidley said the former Pennsylvania senator intends to return to the campaign trail as soon as possible.
Santorum had been taking a break from campaigning in Florida and had a Saturday fundraiser scheduled in Washington. He was due to return to Florida to attend church Sunday morning in Miami before heading to a rally in Sarasota, Fla. and a dinner in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Isabella Santorum, one of the presidential candidate’s seven children, has a genetic disorder known as Trisomy 18 that causes people to be born with an extra copy of the 18th chromosome. The disorder causes developmental abnormalities, and half of infants born with the condition do not survive for more than a week after birth, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Santorum and his wife, Karen, speak openly on the campaign trail about the challenges and rewards of raising a child with such a condition, but have avoided putting her in public situations on the campaign trail.
UPDATE: Bella has pneumonia in both of her lungs, but is reportedly improving. Please continue to pray while she is in such a fragile state.