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Santorum Cancels Morning Events After Daughter’s Hospital Discharge

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Rick Santorum’s 3-year-old daughter, Bella, was discharged from the hospital Monday night, but his campaign has canceled two morning events in Pennsylvania to allow the family to help Bella settle in at home.

“Rick and Karen are happy to announce that their daughter, Bella, has been discharged from the hospital and returned home earlier Monday evening,” Hogan Gidley, national communications director for Santorum, said in a statement.  “The Santorum’s are truly overwhelmed by the prayers and support they’ve received.”

The campaign canceled two stops in Bedford and Carlisle Tuesday morning, but added an event in Gettysburg to make up for the cancellations.  Santorum will speak at the “American Heartland Conversation on Faith, Family and American Values” in Lancaster Tuesday evening, as planned.

Bella, who suffers from Trisomy 18, was admitted to the hospital last Friday, and Santorum cancelled all campaign-related events on Monday to spend more time with her. 

The Santorum family also took Bella to the hospital in January when she contracted double pneumonia in her lungs.

Trisomy 18 is a rare, genetic condition that kills about 90 percent of children before or during birth.

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