Happy Birthday Bella

posted at 12:01 pm on May 13, 2012 by Elizabeth Santorum

Sunday is an important day in the Santorum house. On May 13th, we’ll be celebrating a birthday. My little sister, Bella, is turning four. As some of you can imagine, having seven kids in my family, we do a lot of birthday parties. Various sweets, party hats, and re-used gift bags are always floating around the house, waiting to be used in the next celebration. Our house is a happy one, full of life. That being said, Bella’s birthday is always uniquely joyful and the cause of grateful reflection. I say this because every year with Bella is a gift. Bella was born with a rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18. Of the 10% of babies with Trisomy 18 who survive birth, 90% won’t make it to their first birthday. When she was born, the prognosis was bleak. The odds were simply stacked against her.

 

Ten days after she was born, Bella came home from the hospital. As doctors explained to us how to best prepare for her death, we chose to celebrate her life. And we did, every, single day. I remember when we first brought Bella home; we hung a sign in our living room. It read, “Happy 1-Week Birthday Bella.” As the weeks went by, we changed the sign from 1 to 2 to 3 weeks. Eventually weeks turned into months and now, thanks be to God, years. We fought for her each step of the way, giving her every opportunity to do well. She beat the odds and has been doing so ever since.

 

As I reflect on this last year of her life, it has been amazing to see how many people Bella has touched and the issues that have been discussed in the public sphere as a result of her condition. In the middle of winter, when the world found out that Bella had been hospitalized, the response was overwhelming. Our inboxes and mailboxes were flooded with notes of encouragement, prayer, and support. People in all walks of life from around the country united around the witness of a three-year-old little girl. We even got notes that said, “I don’t agree with you politically, but thank you for being a voice for the special needs community.” She brought unity and refocused us on what was really important in the midst of a heated primary season.

 

When her hospitalization hit the news networks, commentators started discussing important issues surrounding the special needs world, such as the legal struggles that occur when special needs children aren’t given fair medical treatment or any treatment at all. A whole host of issues were brought to the forefront of the debate, dealing with families, the pro-life movement, the special needs community, and so much more. It was as though people realized that the pro-life movement doesn’t end at birth, but it continues at the bedsides of the disabled, the elderly, and the vulnerable. Bella put a face to the helpless, those whom society looks upon as “useless.” When did we become so utilitarian that we measured worth in terms of “ability?” Bella is able to do the most important thing in life more perfectly than I will ever be able to: love.

 

As people started to learn more about Bella, we discovered that more and more people were bringing their special needs kids to our campaign events. We even met several beautiful children with Trisomy 18. They talked to us about their struggles, and all were different, but there was a common thread in all of their experiences: the irreplaceable joy and love their child brought into their lives.  In a world too often focused on instant gratification and personal satisfaction, it is no wonder that these lives are considered “inconvenient.” Joe Klein talked about just that in an article he wrote for TIME several months ago: “I am haunted by the smiling photos I’ve seen of Isabella with her father and mother, brothers and sisters. No doubt she struggles through many of her days — she nearly died a few weeks ago — but she has also been granted three years of unconditional love and the ability to smile and bring joy. Her tenuous survival has given her family a deeper sense of how precious even the frailest of lives are. …. I also worry that we’ve become too averse to personal inconvenience as a society—that we’re less rigorous parents than we should be, that we’ve farmed out our responsibilities, especially for the disabled, to the state—and I’m grateful to Santorum for forcing on me the discomfort of having to think about the moral implications of his daughter’s smile.”

 

Bella has opened our eyes to many things: the importance of treasuring each day, how to hope even in the darkest of circumstances, that faith is our foundation, and most importantly, what pure, unselfish love looks like. So as we look back on another year of life, another year of miracles, we are filled with gratitude and hope. We are grateful for one more year of life with our precious girl. We are hopeful that through the witness of Bella’s spirit, people will continue to be inspired, challenged to think about the “moral implications” of my sister’s smile.

 

Happy 4th Birthday Bella

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Happy Birthday Bella.

gerrym51 on May 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Happy Birthday!

DarkCurrent on May 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Amen.

OhioCoastie on May 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Happy Birthday Bella and Happy Mother’s Day to your Mom!

Pragmatic on May 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

God bless you Bella.

AH_C on May 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Happy Birthday Bella and God bless.

HotAirian on May 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

God bless her.

celtic warrior on May 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Happy Birthday, Bella.

Gelsomina on May 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Kind of puts things in perspective. Happy Birthday Bella! May you have many, many more!

VegasRick on May 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

:) God Bless the Children.

upinak on May 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Beautiful, in every way! Happy Birthday, Bella!!!

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Happy blessed birthday, Bella. That is such a beautiful picture, so sweet and innocent. And thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing something so precious–life and love. God bless you all.

theotherone on May 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Happy Birthday, Bella!

Stoic Patriot on May 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

It was as though people realized that the pro-life movement doesn’t end at birth, but it continues at the bedsides of the disabled, the elderly, and the vulnerable.

It is astonishing, and depressing, that our society has been reduced to the point that a child’s smile entails “moral implications”

Blaise on May 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

This is beautiful. Thank you, and Happy Birthday Bella.

Must be a lot of pollen in the air today. Eyes keep watering.

HeatSeeker2011 on May 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Happy birthday, you little sweet thing!

Alana on May 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Happy Birthday Bella and God bless.

CorporatePiggy on May 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Happy Birthday Bella and Happy Mother’s Day Karen Santorum.

redridinghood on May 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Happy Birthday, Sweet Bella! You are indeed a precious gift. And thank you so much, Elizabeth, for sharing this with us!

KendraWilder on May 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Happy Birthday Bella!

22044 on May 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Happy Birthday, Bella!

ladyingray on May 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Happy birthday, precious one. May God continue to bless you and your family.

kingsjester on May 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM

So precious is the gift of life, Happy Birthday Bella!

hillsoftx on May 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Powerful thoughts, words and actions. Happy Birthday to all the Bella’s out there and may the Lord bless you and your families!!!

dddave on May 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Happy birthday Bella! And of course happy Mother’s day to your mom.

In a world too often focused on instant gratification and personal satisfaction, it is no wonder that these lives are considered “inconvenient.”

Many thanks to you and your family, especially Bella, for the reminder that it is possible to have joy without seeking either of those.

RINO in Name Only on May 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Happy birthday Bella. May God bless you.

bw222 on May 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Aw, happy birthday, Bella!

Fallon on May 13, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Such a sweet, precious child. How wonderful of the Lord to allow us to share in the Santorum family’s joyful celebration.

Happy Birthday, little one. And may God bless you with many, many more.

GrannyDee on May 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Excuse me, I seem to have something in my eyes…

People like Bella and Trig are strong, strong reminders that each of us is perfect in God’s eyes, each of us a miracle and a precious blessing to those around us.

May she have many, many more birthdays to come

turfmann on May 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Happy Birthday, Big Girl! :)

Blake on May 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Happy Birthday, Bella!

Fred 2 on May 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Happy Birthday, Bella.

Live well.

Mitchell Heisman on May 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

To the Birthday Girl–you are a gift to your loving family! Happy Birthday.

dragondrop on May 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Happy Birthday, Bella!

dogsoldier on May 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

turfmann on May 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Well said, and Amen.

Rebar on May 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM

How wonderful this world would be if we cherished everyday of each other’s life, and our own, like the Santorum’s do with sweet little Bella.

Happy Birthday Bella!

Elizabetty on May 13, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Happy Birthday Bella!

Thank you for making a difference in so many lives.

And thank you to the Santorum family for sharing the beauty and fulfillment of your lives. The very very best to Ms. Santorum, thank you for these beautiful words on Mother’s Day.

itsspideyman on May 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Indeed, happy birthday.

All life is precious. All life has value. We are all meant for a purpose.

Praise and honor is due Him in all things.

Logus on May 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

My goodness, what a lovely article by Miss Elizabeth.

Treasure every day you have with your family and friends.

juliesa on May 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

God bless and keep you Bella…happy birthday….God bless you all Santorums, I miss you on the stump…….

crosshugger on May 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Happy birthday, Bella! May your days be filled with love and happiness and cake and icecream!

prince of dorkness on May 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Happy birthday Bella! and may God continue to bless you and your family.

red131 on May 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Happy birthday, sweetie. Kisses to you and love to your family.

princetrumpet on May 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Happy Birthday Bella. Well wishes to the Santorum Family.

And Happy Mother’s Day to all the Hot Moms. I mean Hot Air Moms!

hawkdriver on May 13, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Boy, I take back everything I ever said about my son’s “hell on wheels” ages 2 & 3. Isabella lives to 4! It’s a triumph of sheer will on the Santorum family’s part. They pulled her across the finish line to yet another milestone. More to come I’m sure.

Happy Birthday, Princess!
What a fine Mother’s Day gift.

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Happy Birthday Bella!!..:)

PS..God Bless you and the Santorum family!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Happy Birthday, little Bella! What a wonderful gift to your mom on Mother’s Day.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute to the life of your sister and the courage and love of your family, Elizabeth. God has certainly blessed all of you in many ways.

inmypajamas on May 13, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Happy Birthday, Bella. God bless you and your loving family.

msactionjackson on May 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Happy Birthday Bella. What a wonderful witness.

AZfederalist on May 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Happy Birthday Bella – may you continue to beat the odds.

You are one adorable little girl.

gophergirl on May 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

GOD bless you Bella & Happy Birthday!

AmeriCuda on May 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

If this doesn’t warm your heart, you don’t have one.

CurtZHP on May 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM

God bless one and all in the Santorum household.

That’s a perfect Mother’s Day story, Elizabeth.
Thanks for sharing. : )
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Ed Morrissey on May 13, 2012 at 4:24 AM

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Well worth it.

listens2glenn on May 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Congratulations to the Santorum family for having such a beautiful little blessing in their lives. Happy Birthday Bella!!

Former Alabama football coach Gene Stallings really helped show me that having a special-needs child is a blessing, not a burden:

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20110715/news/110719839?p=1&tc=pg

stout77 on May 13, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Happy Birthday, Bella.

David Block on May 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Happy birthday, cutie angel!
*Makes nosies*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Happy Birthday! God Bless!

melle1228 on May 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Happy Birthday Bella!

Darn allergies…..

sablegsd on May 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Bella , you are beautiful .

Lucano on May 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

…God bless you beautiful Bella!
May you see many many more birthdays!

KOOLAID2 on May 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM

God bless you, Sweet Child!! Happy birthday.

StarLady on May 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Bell..a name so befitting you. Who couldn’t love you ? Happy Birthday and many, many more to come!!

DevilsPrinciple on May 13, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Bella *^

DevilsPrinciple on May 13, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I understand Elizabeth that you love Bella, and that Bella reciprocates the love. But you have to keep in mind that you have an agenda. And Bella is useful in that agenda. Many people have other agendas. They want to do other things with their life rather than deal with a child with Trisomy 18. They want to be able to abort and live the life of their choice. You need to respect their viewpoint.

thuja on May 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Happy birthday Bella, and thank you.

Toastradamus on May 13, 2012 at 10:31 PM

“You need to respect their viewpoint.”

thuja on May 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Baloney. She needs to respect nothing that involves willful death because of perceived inconvenience.

princetrumpet on May 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

What a sweet child.

Axion on May 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM

They want to do other things with their life rather than deal with a child with Trisomy 18. They want to be able to abort and live the life of their choice. You need to respect their viewpoint.

thuja on May 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Thuja, what a tacky, cold and inhuman response to a beautiful post about an inspirational young girl.

bluegill on May 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Many people have other agendas. They want to do other things with their life rather than deal with a child with Trisomy 18. They want to be able to abort and live the life of their choice. You need to respect their viewpoint.

thuja on May 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Why do I have to respect the viewpoint of murder?

talking_mouse on May 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I understand Elizabeth that you love Bella, and that Bella reciprocates the love. But you have to keep in mind that you have an agenda. And Bella is useful in that agenda. Many people have other agendas. They want to do other things with their life rather than deal with a child with Trisomy 18. They want to be able to abort and live the life of their choice. You need to respect their viewpoint.

thuja on May 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I see that you didn’t read the piece, and that you are of the mistaken belief that Bella is the writer Elizabeth’s daughter. They are sisters.

That puts the rest of your ugliness into proper context. You are saying that Karen Santorum (mother of Elizabeth and Bella), chose to give birth to a disabled child and finds said child “useful” in promoting a (political pro-life) agenda. Ditto, I’m sure, for Sarah Palin.

What a cynically barren worldview. I’m no social conservative or religious sort, but how can you as a human being be so crass and unkind as not to at least say nothing when a family is celebrating the birthday, and improbable life of their sick child?

You’re a caricature of the left. A cartoon. You are a curse and a contaminant. May you rot in your pustulence.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 14, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Thuja, what a tacky, cold and inhuman response to a beautiful post about an inspirational young girl.

bluegill on May 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Is this a sincere response or is it just your anger because I pointed out how over the top crazy your support of Romney was? For other people, bluegill and I were among the most fanatic Romney supporters at Hotair, but she would say things I kept pointing out were going too far. I admit I am outside the mainstream on abortion issues here at Hotair, but I simply don’t believe that bluegill’s response above was sincere. I think it was payback for me calling her to moderation on other issues. “Moderation” in the last sentence means being nice to Rick Santorum supporters in the primaries two months ago.

thuja on May 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM

I see that you didn’t read the piece, and that you are of the mistaken belief that Bella is the writer Elizabeth’s daughter. They are sisters.

That puts the rest of your ugliness into proper context.
Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 14, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I don’t know where get these crazy ideas, but rest assured I knew that Bella is Elizabeth’s sister. Perhaps if you didn’t make stuff up, you wouldn’t claim my ideas are ugliness.

thuja on May 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Happy Birthday, Bella!

unclesmrgol on May 14, 2012 at 1:55 AM

thuja on May 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Into every sunny day a little cloud must come.

unclesmrgol on May 14, 2012 at 1:57 AM

I don’t know where get these crazy ideas, but rest assured I knew that Bella is Elizabeth’s sister. Perhaps if you didn’t make stuff up, you wouldn’t claim my ideas are ugliness.

thuja on May 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Beside the point that you intruded on Bella’s (unlikely and really marvelous) 4th birthday celebration with cold, inhuman politics, what’s the problem, right?

Here ’tis. Without the idea that Isabella’s mother is the author of the post, you will have to embrace incoherence as your defense:

But you have to keep in mind that you have an agenda. And Bella is useful in that agenda. Many people have other agendas. They want to do other things with their life rather than deal with a child with Trisomy 18. They want to be able to abort and live the life of their choice. You need to respect their viewpoint.

thuja on May 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

You posit that others “want to do other things with their lives rather than deal with a child with” (name deadly ailment). Well, since Elizabeth, a sister of the afflicted child, can do anything with her life that she pleases, why in Hades was any “agenda” assigned to her?

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 14, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Happy Birthday, Bella. There are a few times in life when we are lucky enough to see God. I saw Him in the face of my newborn daughter many years ago and I see Him in your eyes. May the God of Love bless you and your family always.

swinia sutki on May 14, 2012 at 5:48 AM

Happy Birthday, Bella! And thank you, Elizabeth for the beautiful tribute to your sister.

I’ve been advocating for a special boy with Trisomy 18 in eastern Europe that has survived the past 4 years in an orphanage:


http://reecesrainbow.org/1532/shaun-etkf-region-3

When you see the way children with special needs are treated in certain parts of the world (and realize that it’s not that different here where they are usually aborted before having a chance at life), it is heart breaking.

It seems that we are never that far from judging the value of life based on some ill-defined criteria of ‘worth living’. Of course, ‘worth living’ is almost always defined by someone other than the person whose life hangs in the balance.

I’m sure the Santorum family does not see anything extraordinary about their choice to welcome Bella into their family whole-heartedly regardless of whether or not she fit the world’s concept of ‘perfect’, but, those of us that advocate for children and adults with special needs appreciate that they are visibly out there as examples of the blessing that a son, daughter or sibling with special needs can be.

JadeNYU on May 14, 2012 at 6:49 AM

But you have to keep in mind that you have an agenda. And Bella is useful in that agenda. Many people have other agendas. They want to do other things with their life rather than deal with a child with Trisomy 18. They want to be able to abort and live the life of their choice. You need to respect their viewpoint.

thuja on May 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Couldn’t this work for other things as well?

A husband should be able to kill his wife rather than divorce her because he doesn’t want to risk losing custody of his kids and he should be able to live the life of his choice.

A parent with a rebellious child should be able to kill them so that they are no longer dealing with bad grades and juvenile hijinks because that is not the life they chose.

I get that you probably don’t think that a baby in utero is a baby. So, from your perspective, it is not murder. However, from the perspective of people that do see it as a human life from conception onward, it would make just as much sense to abort a baby due to some perceived inconvenience as it would to kill anyone else because they inconvenience you.

Most women aren’t even given the courtesy of a real choice of whether or not to have their child once conditions like T-18 are discovered. Sure, they are not forced into an abortion, but huge pressure is routinely exerted by medical professionals to convince parents to abort. They are told that the child will destroy their family, that they won’t be human, that they are incompatible with life and that it’s unfair to their other children and they should just abort now and try again soon to have a ‘normal’ baby.

Many women that proceed with their pregnancies will be ‘fired’ by their OBGYN for having the audacity to choose to carry their child to term.

And, once the child is born, parents often have to fight for routine care that would be given to any other child. Many children with T-18 die of a VSD (hole in the heart) that is actually common in healthy children. If you’re child is born without T-18, they schedule a surgery and your baby goes home happy and healthy. Have a child with an extra chromosome and suddenly you have to search across the entire country to find a doctor willing to perform the same surgery. When the child dies from the heart condition, they record the death as being caused by T-18 (see, we told you the child was incompatible with life) but the truth is that any child that needed surgery on a VSD would die if they did not receive the surgery. The medical community creates situations where children with T-18 cannot get treatment and die then use the high death rate of children with T-18 to justify not giving treatment to other children with the condition.

Anyway, I’ve been a bit sidetracked, and I’m guessing that we’re not likely to agree on the abortion part of things since we likely have a fundamentally different view of when the baby is a unique life worth protecting.

That said, I hope that we can at least agree that there is something wrong with a system where living, breathing children are denied treatment and sent home to die (regardless of their parent’s wishes) simply because those in authority deem them not worth living. If being public and open with Bella’s story can help change that, I don’t care if the Santorum’s have an agenda or not.

JadeNYU on May 14, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Beside the point that you intruded on Bella’s (unlikely and really marvelous) 4th birthday celebration with cold, inhuman politics, what’s the problem, right?

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 14, 2012 at 2:44 AM

I happen to be posting at Hotair. It’s a political website. Do you honestly believe that Elizabeth had no political agenda in what she wrote?
Let’s not pretend that Elizabeth is some delicate flower that will be hurt by what I say. I presume that she has encountered some extremely nasty, rude people. While it is a shame that such people exist, they do provide us the opportunity to realize we just don’t need to care about what some people say. If Elizabeth is upset by what I say, she needs to get out of politics for her own mental well-being. But I am confident that she is not upset by me, or she wouldn’t be here.
While I usually think it is best to stick one issue in political conversation, this idea I’m intruding with a “cold, inhuman politics” demands an answer. A group of people with no political agenda are the millions of gay people in America in their just being gay. Yet Elizabeth’s father felt just fine making cold, inhuman statements about them. He actually compared their sexual desires to bestiality. What is cold and inhuman is in the eye of the beholder. (I recognize that Elizabeth is not her father, but she did help out with his campaign.)

Well, since Elizabeth, a sister of the afflicted child, can do anything with her life that she pleases, why in Hades was any “agenda” assigned to her?
Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 14, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Elizabeth is writing for a political website on an issue that many people associate with her father, and she worked for her father’s political campaign.

thuja on May 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM

That said, I hope that we can at least agree that there is something wrong with a system where living, breathing children are denied treatment and sent home to die (regardless of their parent’s wishes) simply because those in authority deem them not worth living. If being public and open with Bella’s story can help change that, I don’t care if the Santorum’s have an agenda or not.

JadeNYU on May 14, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Let’s keep in mind that with the internet, parents who want to keep their trisomy 18 kid should be able to find supportive doctors.
I hope our taxpayer money don’t go to help out in this circumstance. Private charity should generate the funds.

thuja on May 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

thuja

You’re a pig. Must you drop turds in the punch bowl?

dukecitygirl on May 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Seeking to elevate people’s regard for the value of human life is a political agenda? Seeking to celebrate the triumph of life over adversity is a political agenda? Well it wouldn’t be so if it weren’t for the fact that one particular side of the political spectrum is clearly fueled in its motivations by a depraved indifference to the value of life. Frankly, it is quite clear that the left caters to all sorts of immorality, and at the core is the moral relativism it takes to hold the pro-abortion views that are virtually a sacrament of the left. And yes, there are pro-abortion, moral relativist types on the right as well, but frankly they are only on the right because they recognize that conservative values, while in conflict with their moral relativism, are very favorable to their pocketbooks in fiscal politics, and that trumps their differences on moral issues. Of course it is quite clear that those types of “conservatives” are trying to nudge out the traditional conservatives influence and make the Republican party a more fiscally responsible and business friendly version of the Democrat party.

flyfishingdad on May 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

If there ever was an angel that walked this earth it is Bella. What a gift she has been to not only her family, but to us as a people in the United States.

Just as the family cherish every minute of every hour of every day we as a people should cherish and hold dear to our heart a gift so precious to the Santorum family.

It is this gift so wonderful that we as a people need to realize that this most beautiful child makes the wonder of this life a miracle and that we should hold dear to our heart her love.

God Bless Bella, God Bless the Santorum Family for such a magnificent gift of life and sacrifice.

Fireplug52 on May 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Cupcake for teddy. So sweet.

Fleuries on May 14, 2012 at 9:15 PM

That said, I hope that we can at least agree that there is something wrong with a system where living, breathing children are denied treatment and sent home to die (regardless of their parent’s wishes) simply because those in authority deem them not worth living. If being public and open with Bella’s story can help change that, I don’t care if the Santorum’s have an agenda or not.

JadeNYU on May 14, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Let’s keep in mind that with the internet, parents who want to keep their trisomy 18 kid should be able to find supportive doctors.
I hope our taxpayer money don’t go to help out in this circumstance. Private charity should generate the funds.

thuja on May 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Bella has already made a more positive impact on this planet than you or I ever will. As a matter of fact, I am actually dumber and more cynical having read your bile. From that standpoint you are a net drain on society and should be removed immediately for the greater good. Forward!!

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on May 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM