June 29, 2018

Positivity: Doctors Said Rick Santorum’s Daughter Bella Would Die After Birth. She Just Turned 10

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington, via Life News:

JUN 19 2018, 5:26PM

On May 13, Bella Santorum did what doctors didn’t think possible: She turned 10 years old.

The daughter of former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Bella has Trisomy 18, or Edwards syndrome, and doctors thought she would die at birth. But year after year, the little girl has continued to defy doctors’ predictions.

Her mother, Karen Santorum, said Bella’s 10th birthday was extra special because it occurred on Mother’s Day.

“Happy 10th Birthday Bella!” she wrote in a birthday message to her daughter. “You are an extremely joyful and exceptional little girl and we are so proud of you! Ten years have gone by since your birth. Ten years more than the skeptical and scientific said you would live. 87,648 hours of life, unexplained and miraculous. 3,652 days of letting all the world know that you are beautifully and wonderfully made!”

Santorum said Bella has been a perfect example of how faith, hope and love can conquer the worst of predictions. She said her daughter is a happy child who loves to giggle and smile.

“You are living proof that when we ‘just give the kid a chance’ he/she may defy the odds and surprise everyone,” her mother wrote. “Thank you precious teacher of our souls for being a constant joy and light in our lives.”

Although Bella frequently was hospitalized during the first year of her life, her family has been able to provide most of her care at home. Her mother thanked her caregivers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for keeping Bella strong. …

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