While answering a question at an event about the diagnosis of her daughter Bella, who is disabled, Karen Santorum choked up and delivered a highly emotional response.
The moment was captured by C-SPAN cameras at “Moms Matter 2012,” a forum hosted in Myrtle Beach, S.C, by a group called CafeMoms. Karen is the wife of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
“We got the diagnosis on our little girl Bella four days after her birth. It was a really hard time,” Karen said, her voice cracking. “We had lost a baby so that’s all I could think about.” It’s well-known that the Santorum’s suffered through a miscarriage in 1996. Their daughter Bella was born in 2008 and diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a disease similar to Down syndrome.
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