Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Monday night that his daughter, Bella, has made a “miraculous” recovery and that she will be released from the hospital sometime this week.


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Bella, the GOP hopeful’s 3-year-old daughter, suffers from a fatal genetic disorder called Trisomy 18. On Saturday, she was hospitalized with a serious case of pneumonia, and Santorum canceled several weekend events in the key state of Florida to be with her – an episode that underscored the challenge for Santorum of running for president while caring for a daughter with a life-threatening illness.

Santorum noted in his interview with O’Reilly Monday night that until the weekend, he hadn’t been home since Christmas Day – and that Saturday marked “the first time in three years” that his daughter had been hospitalized.

“She is much better,” Santorum said. “Yesterday afternoon, she really made a turn and the chest x-rays dramatically improved. I just want to thank everybody for their prayers and their outpouring of support for Bella and for Karen and the family. And it worked. I mean, she had a very, very tough time of it on Saturday.”