Rick Santorum Left Presidential Race For Daughter Battling Trisomy 18

Wed, April 11, 2012 5:18pm EDT by 8 Comments
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The former US Senator chose to help his 3-year-old daughter with her fatal genetic disorder over a seat in the Oval Office — what a commendable choice!

Rick Santorum withdrew from the Republican presidential race on April 10 to focus on his daughter three-year-old Isabella Santorum, who was born with Trisomy 18, a fatal chromosome abnormality. She has beaten the survival odds for kids with the disorder, The Washington Post reports. She was recently reported to have pneumonia for the second time this year.  Trisomy 18 survivors are prone to common and reoccurring infections.

Approximately 60 percent of newborns with Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards Syndrome, die just days after birth. The disorder occurs when kids have three copies of chromosome 18, instead of two. Unfortunately, only 5 to 10 percent of said children survive a year, and of those survivors, only 1 percent live to be 10 years old. Trisomy 18 is one of the three most common chromosomal abnormalities — luckily, it is very rare.

Some characteristics found in babies with Trisomy 18 are heart defects, kidney problems, clenched hands, delayed growth, small head and low- set ears, trisomy18.org reports. It is estimated that 1 out of every 3,ooo babies are born with the disorder. The cause of the condition is still unknown, however it can be found before birth with a microscopic examination of amniotic fluid and an ultrasound. Of babies that are diagnosed, three-quarters are miscarried or stillborn in the first 12 weeks of gestation and birth.

Unfortunately, there is nothing parents can do to prevent the illness from occurring.

Rick Santorum’s devotion to his family is so heart-warming — we wish his daughter the best!

HollyMoms, are you familiar with Trisomy 18?

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Posted at 11:47 AM on April 12, 2012  

thats funny. when she was extremely sick a few months ago he kept campaigning. interesting timing.

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Victoria Miller

Posted at 10:09 AM on April 12, 2012  

We are grateful that the National media is learning about Trisomy 18 to raise awareness of this condition that impacts so many families in their child-bearing years. Trisomy 18 is also a major cause of miscarriage, stillbirth although those families are largely missing from the national statistics. To learn more about families and their children with Trisomy 18, and how you might help, please visit us at the Trisomy 18 Foundation at TRISOMY18.ORG and at our blog TAKINGONTRISOMY18.ORG and on Facebook at FACEBOOK.COM/TRISOMY18 and share your sentiments.

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jworthy

Posted at 7:14 AM on April 12, 2012  

Sorry for his daughter, but what kind of parent would even CONSIDER putting their family through something as grueoling as a presidential campaign knowing their child will only live a few years at most? If every day was a miracle for my child, I would be spending it focusing on them, not focusing on myself. Maybe its just me, but it seems like he has no sense of what is really important in life. Thank goodness he dropped out!!

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Shawn

Posted at 10:44 PM on April 11, 2012  

This is extremely sad. I feel so bad for the Santorum family. I thank God this is a family of faith and that will help them through the battles they’re facing. God bless little Isabella and this entire family. I think Mr Santorum did the right thing in choosing to support his family at this time.

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