Trisomy 18 and 13: More Children Like Bella Santorum Survive

Bella Santorum, the youngest daughter of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, was hospitalized on Friday, the second time this year she has needed such care. Bella, age 3, suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder that is often considered fatal. Her survival has defied the odds. About 90 percent of children born with the disorder die in their first year of life. Santorum has discussed his daughter's condition many times on the campaign trail, describing her survival as...Full Story
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