POLITICS
01/30/2012 11:04 am ET Updated Mar 31, 2012

Rick Santorum Daughter Makes Miraculous Recovery

Rick Santorum canceled campaign events in Florida to be at home with his daughter, Bella, who was hospitalized with pneumonia, but now he says she has made a "miraculous turnaround" and will be released from the hospital this week.

Politico reports on a Sunday evening telephone town hall:

"Life for the Santorum family has improved dramatically since this afternoon," he said. "We've still got a long way to go, but she's without a doubt turned a corner."

Santorum canceled three Sunday campaign stops in Florida so he could care for his daughter. He announced on the call that he plans to return to the campaign trail on Monday if Bella continues to improve. But he was noncommittal about whether he'll return to Florida, and specifically whether he'll attend a scheduled event at a Boca Raton synagogue on Monday morning.

"We're going to get back on the campaign trail probably later tomorrow," he said.

Santorum tweeted on Monday, "Thank you @GovernorPerry, @MittRomney, @SarahPalinUSA, and the many others who prayed for Bella's recovery. You are all such a blessing."

Bella, 3, has the genetic disorder has Trisomy 18, which causes most children to die before the age of 1. Santorum has talked about the challenges of campaigning with a seriously ill child at home, and says he's trying to make the country better for his children.

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