Rick Santorum’s campaign announced late Saturday that his 3-year-old daughter Isabella, seriously ill with a genetic disorder, has been admitted to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, and he is canceling his plans to campaign in Florida on Sunday morning.


Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum (Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES)

However, the campaign’s statement said, the former Pennsylvania senator plans to resume campaigning as soon as possible. Santorum’s campaign says he currently plans to take part his scheduled 2 p.m. rally in Sarasota and, as of now, has only canceled his morning plans to attend a Miami church.

His daughter, known as Bella, has the genetic disorder Trisomy 18. When Santorum speaks of her illness publicly, it comes in conjunction with his goal of overturning President Obama’s health-care overhaul, which Santorum says is a threat to those like Bella, “on the margins of life.”

The full statement is below:

“Verona, PA - The Rick Santorum for President campaign has issued the following statement on the admittance of Isabella Santorum to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: ‘Rick and his wife Karen are admitting their daughter Bella to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this evening. The campaign will cancel Rick’s upcoming Sunday morning Florida campaign schedule. However, Rick intends to return to Florida and resume the campaign schedule as soon as is possible.’”

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