Santorum’s Daughter Hospitalized

Rick Santorum will be taking the day off the campaign trail to deal with family medical issues:

Rick Santorum has canceled his Sunday morning campaign appearances because his young daughter has been admitted to the hospital in Philadelphia, a spokesman for Santorum said.

“Rick and his wife Karen are admitting their daughter Bella to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this evening. The campaign will cancel Rick’s upcoming Sunday morning Florida campaign schedule. However, Rick intends to return to Florida and resume the campaign schedule  as soon as is possible,” Santorum communications director Hogan Gidley said in an email.

Gidley said nothing more should be read into Santorum’s scaled-back schedule, explaining: “No one is getting out.”

Santorum’s daughter suffers from a genetic disorder called Trisomy 18. Most of the people with the disorder rarely make it past the first year, but Isabella is now 3.  Santorum was also supposed to appear on Meet The Press this morning, but one presumes that has been canceled as well.

Update: Buzzfeed reports that Santorum is not likely to return to the campaign trail until after the Florida Primary, and that a source says that Isabella’s medical condition has been “deteriorating for a few days.” I’ve been critical of Senator Santorum plenty of times during this campaign, but I do hope for the best for his daughter and his family.

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  1. Jenos Idanian says:

    This is why they should have chosen an abortion. Like Sarah Palin should have.

  2. @Jenos Idanian:

    If that’s your idea of a joke, it’s in incredibly poor taste.

  3. Jenos Idanian says:

    Commenter banned for repeated violation of site policies.

  4. DRS says:

    Hey, Jenos, sometimes I wonder why people get all uptight about the idea of choice. Is it possibly some deep-seated fear from their childhoods that if their mothers had had access to abortion they might not be around now? Maybe it’s because deep down inside they know that they’re not very nice people and the world wouldn’t have missed them much? I think there’s something to that.

    And if Sarah Palin is such a good mom to Trig, then she wouldn’t have hauled him around like a living prop during the 2008 campaign and the two years after. But I guess he served his purpose, eh?

  5. PJ says:

    @Jenos Idanian:
    A lot of people have issues about what Sarah Palin did when her water broke. Can’t remember people arguing that she should have had an abortion. But I guess you probably could find some obscure commenters in some blog arguing that…

  6. grumpy realist says:

    Oh dear….I hope that she makes it through this. Poor kid.

  7. Tano says:

    @Jenos Idanian:

    One thing I’ll say for ya bud. You let us see a clear picture of the personality behind the ideology. And there is value in that….

  8. Jenos Idanian says:

    Commenter banned for repeated violation of site policies.

  9. michael reynolds says:

    @Jenos Idanian:
    If you hadn’t come along to demonstrate your nastiness this thread would have been nothing but a series of well wishes for the Senator’s daughter and family.

  10. @Jenos Idanian:

    In addition to appealing to a sense of common decency, I’d remind you that comments that are completely off topic are a violation of our comment policy.

  11. Jenos Idanian says:

    Commenter banned for repeated violation of site policies.

  12. grumpy realist says:

    @Jenos Idanian: Then why didn’t you just express your wishes and not drag the red herring of abortion into this thread? For someone who is patting himself on the back about how wonderful his behavior is, you certainly show a certain level of contempt for the owners and stated policies of this blog.

  13. Hello World! says:

    The Santorum choices for their family are not the same choices I would make for mine, but judging his are as bad as his judging mine.

  14. michael reynolds says:

    To get things back on track to sanity . . .

    I don’t know, and I hope I never do know, the stress and fear the Santorum family is enduring. I hope they come through this.

  15. @michael reynolds:

    I added a link on Trisomy 18 to the story above. It sounds fairly dreadful. The best possible to Santorum and his family

  16. grumpy realist says:

    Reading that link makes me realize how little we know about human development. Why would a over-duplication of one chromosome have such far-reaching effects? And in such weird ways?

    And one feels so helpless in the face of something like this. It’s not like there’s a broken arm to fix. This poor kid never had a decent chance from the beginning.

  17. @grumpy realist:

    Two copies of the chromosome means that any particular protein on that chromosome that’s “turned on” is going to produce twice as much of that protein as normal. It’d be like taking a recipe for something and randomly doubling the amount of one of the ingredients.

  18. An Interested Party says:

    I guess Jay Tea is going to have to come up with yet another alias…

  19. A voice from another precinct says:

    @An Interested Party: I’ve read a lot of stuff of Jay Tea’s and he is not the sharpest little spoon in the drawer, lacks tact, and most of the time says wacky stuff, but Jenos’ comment is even lower than Jay Tea would plummet.
    @michael reynolds: Yes. And thank you for trying to restore the balance in your second post. I, too, hold the Santorums in my thoughts right now.

  20. michael reynolds says:

    @A voice from another precinct:
    I will never understand how people can be political about this kind of thing. If Hitler’s daughter was sick I’d wish her well and be sorry for the pain it brought. I despise Santorum within the realm of politics, but his little girl has doe nothing wrong, and I can’t feel anything but sympathy for Santorum as a father dealing wit a terribly sad situation.