Rick Santorum”s 3-year-old daughter Bella, who has a rare genetic disorder, nearly died over the weekend after being hospitalized with pneumonia.
“A simple cold can kill her, and it almost did,” Santorum tells commentator Glenn Beck on his radio show Monday. “But she was able to get great care and yesterday really made a great turn around and she will be out of the ICU today and so we are getting back to normal here.”
Santorum canceled his campaign appearances for Tuesday”s Republican primary in Florida to be by Bella”s side at Children”s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Bella was born with Trisomy 18, a disorder that often kills babies within days of their birth. Those few who live into their teenage years suffer serious medical and developmental problems.
“She had a very tough go of it, but yesterday afternoon she rallied, and she”s on the mend,” Santorum tells Beck. “We are feeling very, very blessed, I just want to thank everybody for their prayers.”