Former U.S. Representative for Wisconsin, Sean Duffy, and his wife, television personality Rachel Campos-Duffy, have welcomed their ninth child, Valentina StellaMaris, who has Down syndrome. Arriving a month ahead of schedule, Valentina is currently in the NICU and will need heart surgery in the upcoming months, but is otherwise healthy and stable.
Campos-Duffy shared on Facebook:
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…
As we suspected, Valentina was also born with an extra chromosome, which means she also has Downs Syndrome [sic]. That extra chromosome certainly made her EXTRA cute. Life is wonderful!!
Representative Duffy has resigned from his position in Congress to focus on spending time with his family, especially with Valentina’s upcoming heart surgery, stating:
As you all know, raising a family is hard work. It’s especially true for one as large and busy as mine. Being away from home in Washington four days a week is challenging and for that reason, I have always been open to signs from God when it comes to balancing my desire to serve both my family and my country…
With much prayer, I have decided that this is the right time for me to take a break from public service in order to be the support my wife, baby and family need right now. It is not an easy decision – because I truly love being your Congressman – but it is the right decision for my family, which is my first love and responsibility.
Congratulations to the Duffy family! We agree that Valentina’s “extra chromosome made her EXTRA cute” and extend our best wishes for her upcoming surgery.