Karen Santorum heard the most heartbreaking words from her doctors while she was pregnant with her daughter.
They told the mom, who is the former Senator Rick Santorum's wife, that her unborn child was 'incompatible with life.'
After a few tests were done, the doctors told the parents-to-be that their daughter, Bella, had Trisomy 18. Even though the child was alive and safe in her mother's womb, she was not likely to survive for long once she was born.
Karen and Rick, who are both pro-life, were advised to terminate the pregnancy. But they just couldn't do it.
This was more than ten years ago. On May 13, when Bella turned 10, her mother couldn't help but praise how far her little girl had come. The child defied the doctors' expectations and is still thriving.
Karen once described her daughter as "the happiest little girl in the world and is full of life." She was really grateful that she did not listen to the doctors and give up before Bella was given a chance to fight.
On her birthday, Bella's mom had some touching words to say about her daughter's bravery.
In a Facebook post, she expressed her joy that her daughter survived longer than the "skeptical and scientific said you would live."
She described her daughter's life as unexplainable and miraculous. And now "all the world know that you are beautifully and wonderfully made!"
Bella really is a tough and strong girl. We imagine it would not have been easy living with her condition, but her determination to keep fighting deserves thunderous applause.
As for Karen and Rick, not giving up certainly paid off in the long run. They have proven themselves to be fighters and are great role models for little Bella.