Bella's Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and by Rick Santorum, Karen Santorum

By Rick Santorum, Karen Santorum

Rick and Karen Santorum’s inspiring tale of lifestyles with Bella, their special-needs youngest child 

Four days after Rick and Karen Santorum welcomed their 8th child into the realm they got the devastating information that their little lady, Bella, used to be going to die. the total tale of lifestyles with Bella hasn't ever been informed earlier. This inspiring kin memoir explores what it capability to embody and have a good time the lifetime of everyone, and locate wish, even in the middle of painful demanding situations.

Bella’s Gift is the tale of ways the complete kinfolk got here jointly to like and deal with Bella and the way God bolstered them in the course of the storms and blessed their family members with grace, peace, and joy. 

Searchingly sincere, religion stuffed, and unusually cheerful, Bella’s present is a loving, lived-out testimony to the fact that each person counts, even “the least of these.”

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I admit that I was happily surprised. I hadn’t known what to expect. I had feared they wouldn’t see her the same way we did, that they would see her as broken or sickly. She is neither. Bella is a joyful gift, a sweet little girl who gives nothing but love. Commentators started discussing important issues surrounding the special-needs world, such as the legal struggles that occur when special-needs children aren’t given fair medical treatment, or any treatment at all. A whole host of issues were brought to the forefront of the debate, dealing with families, the pro-life movement, the special-needs community, and so much more.

Her pinkie and index fingers were ever so slightly curved in toward each other. That was it—a marker for Trisomy 18. Of all the possible conditions, this was the one the doctors were most concerned about, so this was the one we researched the most intently. Statistics. I didn’t like them when I earned my MBA at Pitt. I’ve seen them twisted for political advantage and used to validate lies, but I hated this one the most. Of all Trisomy 18 children diagnosed in the womb, 90 percent don’t survive birth, and of the 10 percent that survive, 90 percent don’t live to see their first birthdays.

I vividly remember my sister Kathy saying, “Karen, of all the members of our family, you are the one who can handle this. ” I didn’t believe her. My friend Susie visited me when others shrank away. I’m grateful for that. She brought me flowers that added some warmth to the cold room. She was wearing khaki capri pants and a linen blouse; her brown hair was pushed back behind her ears. What a pair we must have made, me with my hospital gown, raccoon eyes, and unkempt curls thrown up in a desperate bun.

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