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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:26 PM

 

As much as I hate this guy, I am hoping the best for his daughter, Bella

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/06/11056965-santorums-ailing-daughter-taken-to-hospital


Rick Santorum's daughter, Bella, afflicted with a chromosomal disorder, was taken to the hospital for the second time during this campaign. Santorum is home in Virginia for the Easter holiday.

"Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital," Santorum Communications Director Hogan Gidley said in a statement. "The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery."

The Santorums have medical equipment in their Virginia home and and a nurse on call that can tend to Bella. Because of these accommodations, Bella only needs to be taken to the hospital when her condition is very serious, a person familiar with the situation told NBC News.

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Reply As much as I hate this guy, I am hoping the best for his daughter, Bella (Original post)
Taverner Apr 2012 OP
get the red out Apr 2012 #1
Cleita Apr 2012 #2
gratuitous Apr 2012 #13
Cleita Apr 2012 #15
LynneSin Apr 2012 #16
REP Apr 2012 #22
gratuitous Apr 2012 #27
Zalatix Apr 2012 #3
JustAnotherGen Apr 2012 #4
slampoet Apr 2012 #5
antigone382 Apr 2012 #7
rox63 Apr 2012 #11
WilliamPitt Apr 2012 #23
Wait Wut Apr 2012 #6
hlthe2b Apr 2012 #8
Tom Ripley Apr 2012 #9
niyad Apr 2012 #10
CTyankee Apr 2012 #28
cali Apr 2012 #12
RedSpartan Apr 2012 #14
DiverDave Apr 2012 #17
lapislzi Apr 2012 #18
Peregrine Took Apr 2012 #19
denbot Apr 2012 #20
just1voice Apr 2012 #21
leftynyc Apr 2012 #24
obxhead Apr 2012 #25
Little Star Apr 2012 #26
s-cubed Apr 2012 #29
joeybee12 Apr 2012 #30
REP Apr 2012 #31
LeftishBrit Apr 2012 #32
Prophet 451 Apr 2012 #33

Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:28 PM

1. Really terrible

Poor little girl. I hate it when little kids are sick. Sadness for the whole family, and no one could wish that.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:31 PM

2. Poor girl struck twice by fate, first for her condition and second

for having to have the Santorums as parents. I wish her well in spite of both drawbacks.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:55 PM

13. On the contrary

She's rather lucky to have the last name of Santorum. It means her family has the means and the motivation to make sure she has top-flight medical equipment, care, and none of that icky hanging around the emergency room with the hoi polloi when her condition flares up.

Now, if every citizen could have the same access to health care, I'd feel bad for Bella's choice of family.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:11 PM

15. I dunno. If my parents made me hug a dead

miscarried baby, I would be very traumatized. This isn't want normal parents do to their kids. Sure money can buy access to anything, but this is why we need universal health care so everyone's child can have the same access to health care that his daughter gets.

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:17 PM

16. Seriously. If she had the last name of about 99% of the other folks here in the USA

she would have died ages ago because of not being able to afford all these medical perks.

If Rick Santorum was president, children like Bella born in working class homes would have been dealt to their own personal 'death panel'

That's the GOP way!

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Response to gratuitous (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:47 PM

22. Not really. Those with Trisomy 18 rarely survive to age 10, no matter how much care they receive.

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Response to REP (Reply #22)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:53 PM

27. Thank you, I'm unfamiliar with her condition

But I'd still bet a shiny nickel that young Bella will have a far more comfortable life and far better treatment while she's here than she would if her ZIP code was, say, 90220.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:32 PM

3. I wish this was a teaching moment for Santorum to be compassionate

 

about everyone else who has the same problem as himself.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:36 PM

4. That is terribly sad

She is an innocent.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:38 PM

5. Don't know if i feel more sorry for her health or the stupid Twilight name.

Bad timing if the parents aren't fans.

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Response to slampoet (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:44 PM

7. Umm...her health...

Who knows why they named her that? Maybe someone important in one of their lives was named Bella. Regardless, I don't think this is the best time to be taking issue with the possible correlation between a sick child's name and a pop-culture obsession.

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Response to slampoet (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:53 PM

11. I believe her real name is Isabella

And Bella is just what they call her.

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Response to slampoet (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:48 PM

23. (facepalm)

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:39 PM

6. Second time in just a few months.

Poor little girl. And, yes, I feel for her parents, as well.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:44 PM

8. Yes... Of course I wish her only the best....

BUt, I can't help thinking of the families that don't have the health care access that Santorums do. And, I think I have to reserve one heck of a lot of my sympathy for them.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:47 PM

9. Medical equipment? So, Santorum is a cafeteria science consumer?

Best to the little girl, though.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:53 PM

10. best wishes for that child--on the other hand, might this be the thing that finally gets that

worthless, woman-hating jerk to bow out of the race?

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Response to niyad (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:58 PM

28. If he has any decency he will back out...oh, wait...

I guess he won't be backing out...

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:53 PM

12. Good on you for saying that.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:55 PM

14. There are few things -- if any -- more upsetting to me than a sick child.

Best wishes to her.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:21 PM

17. Unlike the god-damned teabaggers, who wish children dead

I hope she pulls through.
NO child has to suffer because of illness.
And people that wish ill on
a child are fucking SNAKES.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:26 PM

18. I am sorry for their troubles.

There are few things harder for a parent to bear than the suffering of a child. But, my wish for the Santorum family is that their hearts would open to the many thousands, millions even, of suffering families in the United States and across the world.

Perhaps the Santorums believe that they are especially favored by their god. If that is so, then to whom much is given, much is expected.

If one must suffer, is it too much to hope that the suffering can be meaningful?

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:34 PM

19. Who cares for her when the parents travel so much or do they bring her with them?

Poor little girl. I will pray for her in church this afternoon.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:41 PM

20. Vibes for Bella

And those that love her..

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:46 PM

21. Bob Marshall, R-VA, called deformed babies nature's "special punishment

 

for aborting firstborns" so Spamtorum must have committed some evil sin in psychotic repuke-land.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:52 PM

24. Oy - few things worse than a sick child

I will remember the family in my prayers.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:54 PM

25. May she get the same care that the poorest in our nation receive.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:54 PM

26. I'm glad that Bella has medical equipment at home and a nurse on call...

I'm glad she has good health care that her parents are able to afford. I'm sad she has this horrible condition and I hope she will be ok. It is heartbreaking for any parent to have a child this sick and I do feel a great deal of sympathy for the Santorum family. I wish them all well.

But my heart also breaks for others less fortunate when it comes to being able to afford good health care. sigh.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:32 PM

29. Bella has trisomy 18, a severe chromosonal disorder.

As one of my friends said, it is basically incompatible with life. One of my sisters carried a trisomy 18 to term. He died in childbirth, which happens with the vast majority. Those who survive childbirth usually die within a week, and the few that make it that long usually die in the first year. Bella has beaten the odds for a very long time, thanks to massive medical intervention.

I'm not trying to minimize the pain for the family and for Bella, just to put in perspective what her situation is.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 05:36 PM

30. I hope seh pulls through and after this I hope she evolves as a person...

Unlike her parents have been unable to do.

Best wishes and good vibes, Bella.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #30)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:23 PM

31. She has Trisomy 18. It's unlikely she'll see her 10th birthday

It's a severe disorder with a dismal prognosis. Those with Trisomy 18 cannot grow much in any way because of it.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:35 PM

32. Poor little thing; I wish her all the best.

Trisomy 18 is a very serious disorder, with a very bad prognosis for both quantity and quality of life.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 06:42 AM

33. That makes you a decent human being.

There aren't enough around these days so kudos.

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