Rick Santorum said Monday that his 3-year-old daughter, Bella, has had a "miraculous turnaround" after a brutal 36-hour battle with pneumonia.
"We have a long way to go, but she turned the corner and we are very, very grateful," the former Pennsylvania senator told Florida voters on a tele-town hall forum held from his daughter's hospital room.
Bella, Santorum's youngest daughter, suffers from Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder that claims the lives about 90 percent of babies before or during birth.
The GOP hopeful said his daughter will remain in intensive care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for several more days.
Even as Santorum contends with Bella's illness, his campaign continues full-steam ahead.
"We're going to get out on the campaign trail later tomorrow ... heading out to the Midwest, and start campaigning in the next states as we move this campaign forward," Santorum said.
"I feel very, very good about where we are and where the campaign is going," he added.