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.