Two weeks ago Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and her husband had their first child, a baby girl. She was born prematurely, weighing only two pounds and 12 ounces. She arrived without active kidneys, which usually leads to other problems that are fatal. But the little girl continues to survive.
Abigail Rose Beutler was born on July 15th. She was diagnosed with Potter Syndrome early in her mother’s pregnancy, a problem with the kidneys which results in a lessening of amniotic fluid, preventing proper lung development; normally a fatal condition.
Abigail was born with fully developed lungs, but no kidneys. Her mother had no amniotic fluid, so doctors frequently injected the congresswoman with saline solution. The baby is receiving dialysis and will eventually need a kidney transplant.
Herrera Beutler and her husband thanked the doctors and nurses who refused to accept the fatal diagnosis.
“We are grateful to the thousands who joined us in praying for a miracle. But most of all, we are grateful to God for hearing those prayers,” Herrera Beutler and her husband said in a joint statement.
Dr. Louis Halamek, a neonatologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in California, said that the 28 week on fetus continues to remain in guarded condition, but he is optimistic.
“Despite Abigail’s prematurity, small size and life-threatening disease, she is doing well,” Halamek said.
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s baby was born without kidneys, but she has survived for two weeks, and doctors are hopeful she will live a long life.
Alfred James reporting