From Rochester Hills, Michigan (bolds are mine; HT to a Mike DeWine email):
March 04, 2012 12:49 AM
You hear a lot of advice when you’re the parent of a sick child.
Try this treatment. Call this doctor. Accept the possibility of death.
For 1989 Elida grad Brad Smith, the words coming out of Rick Santorum’s mouth back in the fall of 2010 sounded like more of the same. He’d heard from a lot of doctors, friends and others in the short life of then-22-month-old Faith. She was born with Trisomy 18, a birth defect claiming the life of most children born with it.
Santorum knew more about this than most. After all, his daughter Bella was also born with Trisomy 18. Still, Smith’s eyes glazed over as the former Pennsylvania senator rattled off a to-do list on his way out of Salem Communications, where Smith works in Detroit.
Then Santorum said the words that Smith said saved his youngest daughter’s life.
“He stopped, looked me in the eye, and said, ‘If you don’t do this, you’re going to lose your daughter.’ That’ll grab your attention very quickly,” Smith said.
Smith’s boss grabbed a pad of paper and began writing down the treatments Santorum tried for his daughter, who also was born with Trisomy 18. Smith took those jotted notes to the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. His family now had a game plan to save Faith’s life.
“It was life-saving advice,” Jesi Smith said. “It was a gift from God. We didn’t know what to ask for until Sen. Santorum helped us.” …
… “If not for Rick Santorum, my daughter would not be alive today,” Brad Smith said. “To me, that as the hand of God to put him where he was, to help us.”
Faith is 3 years old now. She has an infectious grin that shows her love of life.
“She moves around a lot now, grabbing toys and laughing,” Jesi Smith said. “There are times when she has medical issues still. Special needs kids endure more than most, but she more than makes up for that in happiness and love of life.”
Her four siblings protect her, and the family’s life is richer because she’s there, Brad Smith said. It confirms their decision to bring her into the world. …
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A related post at NewsBusters on the press’s virtual non-coverage of this story is here.