Rick Santorum left the presidential campaign trail in Florida to be with his hospitalized 3-year-old daughter Bella.
Bella, who has a rare, life-threatening genetic disorder called Trisomy 18, was admitted to Children”s Hospital of Philadelphia on Saturday.
Santorum”s campaign said that reality stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting would fill in for the former Pennsylvania senator at Sunday”s events in Punta Gorda and Sarasota. The GOP primary is on Thursday.
“Rick himself intends to return to Florida and resume the campaign schedule as soon as possible,” his spokesman Hogan Gidley says.
Santorum often has spoken about how he never expected Bella to live to her first birthday. Half of babies born with Trisomy 18 dont survive a week, and those few who live into their teenage years suffer serious medical and developmental problems.