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Trisomy 18 Condition Forces Rick Santorum's Daughter Into Hospital and Mumia Abu Jamal Moved to General Population

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The Omelette Sunday January 29, 2012

Rick Santorum's Daughter Admitted to CHOP; Suffers From Trisomy 18 -  a Rare Genetic Disorder

Former PA Senator Rick Santorum is putting his campaign on hold right now as he has a bigger battle to handle. His daughter Bella suffers from Trisomy 18 (also known as Edwards Syndrome),a rare genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 18th chromosome. Yesterday, Rick Santorum's daughter (just 3 years old) was admitted to CHOP.

Infants born with Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) may have kidney malformations, structural heart defects at birth, intestines protruding outside the body (omphalocele), esophageal atresia, mental retardation, growth deficiency, feeding difficulties, breathing difficulties, and suffer from many other abnormalities. Many children born with this disease don't survive beyond one year. In fact, many fetuses die before being born. And, when children are born with Trisomy 18, many die due to just one problem popping up and depleting the immune system further. Then more problems compound from there.

“Rick and his wife Karen are admitting their daughter Bella to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia this evening,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement Saturday night, adding “Rick intends to return to Florida and resume the campaign schedule as soon as is possible.” Santorum had been scheduled to appear on NBC's ``Meet the Press'' and attend church in Miami. Officials did not cancel Sunday's afternoon events in Sarasota and Punta Gorda.

Bella Santorum's condition is so deadly that even a common cold can result in death.

Mumia Abu Jamal is Moved to General Population

For the first time in three decades, Mumia Abu Jamal will not be secluded on death row. He has been moved to general population inside the Mahoney facility at the Frackville Prison in Schuylkill County.

Abu Jamal's death sentence was overturned last year and he will now spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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