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For the past few days, there's been talk about Republic presidential candidate Rick Santorum leaving Florida to get an early jump on other states in which he's polling better, but unfortunately, he's been forced to leave for another reason entirely. The former Senator's daughter has been admitted to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Bella Santorum was born three years ago with Edwards Disease, commonly called Trisomy 18. The genetic disorder results from the full or partial formation of an extra eighteenth chromosome during development in the womb. Doctors initially speculated Bella probably wouldn't live past her first birthday. Now she's made it to three, but unfortunately, it's still often a struggle.
According to People, Santorum is unsure how long he might be back in his home state of Pennsylvania, but if his daughter improves, he would like to get back out on the campaign trail. As for now, his most famous supporters The Duggar Family of 19 Kids And Counting will fill in for him on his remaining campaign stops in Florida.
There's no pain quite like having to care for a seriously sick child. Love his policies or hate them, Rick Santorum is obviously going through a lot right now, and Pop Blend sends out its deepest sympathies to his entire family. The odds say Bella should have lost her fight a long time ago, but like her father, she's continued scrapping. We wish her nothing but the best.