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Former U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin, and wife Rachel Campos-Duffy have welcomed their ninth child, Valentina StellaMaris Duffy, into the world. The pro-life couple revealed the little girl has Down syndrome and a heart condition that will require surgery in just a few months.
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On Facebook, Campos-Duffy shared a photo of Valentina and revealed she was born on Oct. 1, one month before her due date.
“She is doing great, though still in the NICU until she learns to eat on her own,” she wrote. “I’m home now, trying to recover from my first C-section (hats off to all the c-section moms out there - I had no idea!) and working hard with my breast pump to keep up with her growing appetite. When we visit with her at the hospital, the kids fight over who can hold her - I don’t blame them! She’s the sweetest, most perfect angel we have ever seen.”
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Campos-Duffy revealed that Valentina was born with a heart defect and will need surgery in three to four months. Additionally, Valentina was born with an extra chromosome, which means she also has Down syndrome.
“That extra chromosome certainly made her EXTRA cute. Life is wonderful!!” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who prayed for Valentina all these months - your prayers were never felt more than in the crazy hours before her emergency birth.”
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In August, Rep. Sean Duffy, who speaks openly about his Christian faith, announced that he would be leaving his post in Congress to prepare for his daughter’s arrival. Duffy’s decision came after learning his ninth child had a heart condition and would require “even more love, time, and attention due to complications.”
His last day as a U.S. representative was Sept. 23.
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