Santorum Cancels Tuesday Morning Events After Daughter Discharged From Hospital

Apr 10, 2012 7:46am
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Rick Santorum Campaign

PITTSBURGH – Rick Santorum’s 3-year-old daughter, Bella, was discharged from the hospital Monday night, but his campaign has canceled two morning events in Pennsylvania to allow the family to help Bella settle in at home.

“Rick and Karen are happy to announce that their daughter, Bella, has been discharged from the hospital and returned home earlier Monday evening,” Hogan Gidley, national communications director for Santorum, said in a statement. “The Santorum’s are truly overwhelmed by the prayers and support they’ve received, and wanted to attach a picture of their daughter Bella so everyone could see their precious gift from God.”

The campaign canceled two stops in Bedford and Carlisle Tuesday morning but added an event in Gettysburg to make up for the cancellations. He will speak at the “American Heartland Conversation on Faith, Family and American Values” in Lancaster Tuesday evening, as planned.

Bella, who suffers from Trisomy 18, was admitted to the hospital Friday, and Santorum cancelled all campaign related events Monday to spend more time with her.

The Santorum family also took Bella to the hospital in January when she contracted double pneumonia in her lungs.

Trisomy 18 is a rare, genetic condition that kills about 90 percent of children before or during birth. Bella has defied those odds.

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