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Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's daughter Bella, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 18, was hospitalized over the weekend.

Santorum left the presidential campaign trail in Florida to be with his three-year-old daughter Bella, the youngest of the former U.S. Senator's seven children.

Bella was admitted to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Saturday but has since made a "miraculous turnaround," according to sources close to the candidate.

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Rick Santorum’s 20-year-old daughter, Liz, appeared on his behalf in Sarasota, Fla., giving a brief speech to a crowd of about 250 at an airplane hangar.

"My dad wishes he could be here today," she said, according to The Palm Beach Post. "My dad today is exercising his most important role; being a dad."

Santorum also received some help from supporters Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, who spoke at campaign events on his behalf.

The Florida primary is tomorrow.

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GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has received a celebrity endorsement on the day of the Iowa caucuses. Or 19 of them, to be precise: The Duggar Family!

The TLC reality family joined the ultraconservative candidate in Iowa on the campaign trail, where he's battling Ron Paul and Mitt Romney with mere hours to go.

Confession time, though: Santorum is not their first choice.

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"You may not agree with everything [Santorum] has done," Jim Bob Duggar said. "But you're not going to find the perfect candidate unless it's Jesus Christ running."

Santorum, to the family patriarch, is the next best thing.

"He's somebody that doesn't take a poll to know where he stands. I'm asking families, Christians all over America, to get behind Rick Santorum for president."

Duggar made his comments in Iowa, where he arrived after packing up a dozen of his kids in a big tour bus, freshly repainted to include Santorum's name.

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As you may know, Michelle Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting fame tragically suffered a miscarriage this month. The family has grieved in its own way ever since.

The family not only held a memorial for their 20th child, where they Tweeted pictures of the fetus and Michelle read a letter aloud that she had written to little Jubilee.

Like we said, they grieve in unique fashion.

In the recording (above), Michelle sounds more upbeat and happy than you might think as she reads to the daughter she never got to know - in this world at least.

She also refers to Jubilee as baby #21 - she had another miscarriage earlier in life - as she recalls all the moments they spent together this year. It's ... interesting.

What do you think of the Duggars' way of honoring their unborn baby?

 

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It's been a hard month for Michelle Duggar. Not only did she suffer a miscarriage with her 20th child, she is also in the position of having to comfort her younger kids.

Fortunately, she's been able to receive comfort from her offspring, as well.

Michelle says Jackson, 7, asked about baby sister Jubilee Shalom. She soothed him and explained the loss of the child that the family never got to know.

She likely left out the part about them Tweeting a pic of the miscarried fetus.

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"I told him there is going to be a day when we're going to be together again," she says. "As the days go on, I know we will have time to talk through all this. I have been trying to hold my composure and do what I needed to do, and then be able to grieve."

It's not just the young ones who need solace. Jill, 20, who's studying to be a midwife and had been charting the baby's growth and heartbeat, is devastated.

"She was crying and weeping last night," Michelle said at the memorial service for Jubilee. "I hugged her and said, 'I am holding on, and I am going to let the tears go. We can pray, cry and grieve together in the weeks and days we walk through this.'"

But Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar lean on their children, too.

"My older girls have been precious to make Momma take care of Momma right now, and Jim Bob has been busy taking care of everything," she says.

Despite their loss, the family plans to celebrate all their December birthdays: Josie (2), Jordyn (3), Jinger (18) and twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah (13).

Should they try for a 20th baby again?

 

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The Duggar Family, grieving from the loss of what would've been their 20th child, not only named the miscarried baby (a girl, Jubilee), they held a memorial service for her and took photos of the corpse, one of which made it onto Twitter.

It's unclear which family member or friend posted it online, but the Duggars weren't trying to keep it private. An artistic picture of the fetus, due in April, was distributed it at the memorial Wednesday. We have not posted it here for obvious reasons.

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Michelle Duggar, who has given birth 19 times, and suffered severe medical issues with her youngest, Josie-Brooklyn (now 2), announced the miscarriage last week.

Because it was during the second trimester, the little girl's body was partially formed, and therefore had to be delivered, allowing the family to take photos afterward.

Alongside the image of the fetus, the Duggar family wrote the following message: "There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world."

Say what you will about them, the family marches to the beat of their own drum.

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After the miscarriage of their 20th child last week, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar announced that they will hold a memorial service on Wednesday, December 14.

They've also given the baby girl a name: Jubilee Shalom Duggar.

The stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting discovered at a routine ultrasound that the child, due next April, no longer had a heartbeat and Michelle had miscarried.

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"We have had many tears today," says Jim Bob Duggar, 46. "This is life, and I understand that we are going though something that many others have."

"You think about the what-ifs, but God gives us strength to go on. We won't be able to see this child's life and the phases we've seen for our other children."

"But we will see this child in heaven one day. We are thankful, and we are blessed to have the children we have here and the ones we will meet someday."

Jim Bob says they are grateful for the health of youngest daughter, Josie, who turned 2 on December 10, and who has endured serious health problems.

Jubilee Duggar's memorial service will be for their friends and the Duggar family members, who already held a private service in their home late Sunday.

Should the Duggars try again for baby #20?

 

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar announced some sad news today.

A month after they announced her pregnancy with their 20th child, their doctor was unable to find a heartbeat and told her she suffered a miscarriage.

"After the appointment, we came back home and told the children," says Michelle, 45. "We had just been talking about baby names last night and they were getting excited about naming a boy or a girl. It has been a real sad disappointment."

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She says the family will select a name after they know if the baby, miscarried in the second trimester, was a boy or girl, and then plan to have a funeral.

"I feel like my heart broke telling my children," says Michelle. "They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult."

Still, she adds that the family's faith perseveres: "The Lord is the giver of life and he can choose when that life is ready to go on and be with Him."

The stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting weathered myriad medical ordeal with their youngest daughter, Josie-Brookyln, born in December 2009.

This is actually her second miscarriage. Michelle lost a baby during her second pregnancy. She was taking oral birth control then, citing that as a big reason the pair decided they'd leave the number of children they have "up to God."

In light of these events, should the Duggars still try for a 20th?

 

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As Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar plan to welcome their 20th child next year, their recent trip to Israel brought more medical duress for their 19th, Josie-Brooklyn.

Next week's season finale episode of the soon-to-be-renamed 19 Kids and Counting shows Josie rushed to the hospital during the family vacation, in dire straits.

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She was “congested” says Jim Bob, as Josie cried in the hospital.

As the little girl struggles, the rest of the family must decide if they’re going to continue their trip around the country they traveled so far to visit as a group.

At the same time, there was no debate over whether having a 20th baby was a smart decision. She admits it's not for everyone, but Michelle never wavered.

The stress of their “littlest little,” who was born prematurely and has endured myriad health woes in the last year and a half, being sick hasn’t stopped the Arkansas family from expanding, as we know, given their impending arrival.

What do you think? Is 20 kids too much?

 

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Michelle Duggar, who is pregnant with her 20th child, has made the understatement of all time, saying having that many kids probably isn't for everyone.

Ya think?

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With 18 of her 19 kids still at home, one on the way and two grandchildren, how does Michelle get any rest? "I am taking a power nap every day," she says.

"And I'm eating a lot of protein and green vegetables and no caffeine, which is a new thing for me," says the 45-year old star of 19 Kids and Counting.

Michelle and husband Jim Bob Duggar, 46, were believed to have stopped their baby making ways after daughter Josie's life-threatening preeclampsia.

Not the case.

"I read up a lot on preeclampsia [while pregnant with Josie]," says Michelle, "It is a crazy, random thing. I have been getting counseled from a high-risk pregnancy doctor in Little Rock and taking good care of myself."

The family's frightening journey with Josie - born at only 25 weeks and weighing just over a pound in 2009 - was documented on 19 Kids and Counting.

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Make that 20 Kids and Counting. Michelle Duggar's fight for survival during her last pregnancy apparently wasn't about to stop her from getting back on the horse.

She and her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, are expecting their 20th child this spring.

"We are so excited," the 45-year-old mom and star of TLC's soon-to-be renamed 19 Kids and Counting said. "I feel good. I am past the sickness stage now."

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Michelle added that there's "no greater love" than that of her children and that she has thought about her health status and is ready to have the new baby.

Jim Bob was "thankful" that yet another addition to the family is on the way. "I feel like the richest man in the world," he said to his brood.

The couple, who live in Tontitown, Ark., are already parents to Joshua, 23, twins Jana and John-David, 21; Jill, 20; Jessa, 19; Jinger, 17; Joseph, 16; Josiah, 15; Joy-Anna, 14; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 12; Jason, 11; James, 10; Justin, 8; Jackson, 7; Johanna, 6; Jennifer, 4; and Jordyn, 3; and Josie, who turns 2 next month.

You don't see this every day: Baby #20 will be younger than his/her niece and nephew. Josh and Anna Duggar have two kids of their own.

The Duggars having 20 kids: Is that too many?

 

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