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Trisomy 18: Why Santorum Is Leaving The Race

Daughter Bella, 3, suffering from fatal disorder

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Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has announced the end of his campaign today despite a recent rise in his popularity on the trail. The news comes after his 3-year old daughter, Bella, suffered a bout of illness over the weekend and was hospitalized. Santorum took a mini-break from campaigning over the holiday and spent time with his family, but was expected to return today. A call to Romney to concede changed all that.

The illness is believed to be connected to a genetic disorder the little girl was born with, Trisomy 18, which is caused by an extra 18th chromosome. The disease can be fatal and affects a surprisingly high amount of children–an estimated 1 out of every 3,000. It is similar to Down Syndrome but affects a different set of cells.

Aside from visible physical disorders, Trisomy 18 also causes a number of internal problems, including heart defects and organ issues. There are no specific rules about the disease, as it can range from mild to severe depending on the person. At three years old, Bella has proved to be a fighter and an exception to the rule, as many children afflicted with the disease don’t make it out of infancy. One doctor says the oldest child he knows of that suffers from the disorder is only 13.

Twitter users tweeted about the news today and offered thoughts and prayers to Santorum and little Bella.

To be completely fair, I respect Santorum’s reasoning if it was for his daughter. Trisomy 18 is terrible. :/(image) 26 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Think here’s the reason for Santorum’s announcement. Put politics aside & all hopes to the family. http://t.co/Hkxtjzjd via @msnbc_health(image) 52 minutes ago via Tweet Button ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Rick Santorum put up a valiant fight and a commendable effort. God bless him and his family–especially little Bella. #Santorum(image) 46 minutes ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I hate everything Rick Santorum stands for, but he fought a good fight and I wish nothing but the best for his family, especially Bella.(image) 27 minutes ago via Tweetbot for iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Rick Santorum is a good man & can run for president again. My thoughts & prayers go to their family & mostly for Bella. God bless them!#TCOT(image) 58 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Trisomy 18: Why Santorum Is Leaving The Race
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  • Diane Vehorn

    God Bless and heal baby Bella. And I’m a Democrat.

  • http://www.realtvcritics.com RealTVCritics

    Sad story but if he had not been so conservative his daughter would not have to suffer as she is because of this family’s religious beliefs. No child needs to suffer. It’s not fair and it’s best to do whatever is necessary to have stopped this pregnancy rather that let this poor baby suffer.

    This is why he will never be President. No one will ever accept the torture he place on this child.

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