In 1996, Rick and Karen Santorum had son born prematurely* who lived for only two hours. He and wife brought the child home and introduced the dead infant to the rest of their children as ‘your brother Gabriel’ .
They spent several hours kissing and cuddling Gabriel with his three siblings, ages 6, 4 and 1 1/2. They took photos, sang lullabies in his ear and held a private Mass. Rick and Karen slept with the body overnight. The former Senator often speaks of his late son in the present tense.
*Rick and Karen were appalled to see him described as "a 20-week-old fetus" on a hospital form. They changed the form to read "20-week-old baby."