Fox News contributor and Fox Nation host Rachel Campos-Duffy just spent a week in the hospital — but thankfully, it had nothing to do with the coronavirus.
Campos-Duffy’s infant daughter is recovering from successful open-heart surgery to repair holes in her heart.
Campos-Duffy and her husband, fellow Fox contributor and former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), welcomed their ninth child into the world in October, one month early.
Little Valentina StellaMaris Duffy was born with two holes in her heart that would require surgery and also has Down syndrome. On March 23, the Duffys took their infant daughter to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago where she successfully underwent a three-hour surgery to patch up the holes in her heart.
With her daughter now on the mend, Campos-Duffy shared her thoughts on the ordeal in a video message that aired on her Fox Nation program Bible Study: Messages of Hope.
“Praying and staying connected to God has been especially important for me during this time, not just because of what our nation is going through with the coronavirus, but because, as you can see right here, I’ve had a little girl who’s in a good mood right now,” she said.
“Regroup, recenter and get reconnected”
Campos-Duffy pointed to one Bible verse in particular that had given her the strength to endure her child’s surgery and is also quite applicable to the current struggles many people across the nation are enduring right now due to the coronavirus outbreak.
That verse is Joshua 1:9, which reads, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
“Those words give me comfort with little Valentina,” she said. “But also I think about so many of the people in our country, small business owners, families, all the children and their parents on this [hospital] floor who are going through medical issues right now.”
“If we think about this thing that’s happening right now, it can be so overwhelming. It almost feels like we’re paralyzed. And it is in those moments, especially, I think that we need to pray,” Campos-Duffy continued, noting that moments of vulnerability can actually be a good thing in that they remind us of what is most important in life and can lead to a closer relationship with God.
“So my prayer is also for all of you listening. I hope that in this time you’re staying healthy, you’re staying safe, but that also you’re finding the time to regroup, recenter and get reconnected with your families and your community,” she said.