Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Latina Republican Congresswoman from Washington State, announced today her first child has survived two weeks, after having been born following a usually fatal pregnancy condition. Abigail Rose was born with Potter’s Syndrome, and she is reported to be the first child who has survived this diagnosis. The baby girl has no kidneys and had no amniotic fluid in the womb. It is typically fatal because it prevents the unborn child’s lungs from developing.
During the pregnancy, doctors injected saline solution into the womb in the place of amniotic fluid. Abigail was born early, on July 15th, but had fully developed lungs. She requires ongoing dialysis and will eventually need a kidney transplant.
Today in her website, the Congresswoman wrote: “Multiple doctors explained that based on medical evidence her condition was incompatible with life and that, if she survived to term, she would be unable to breathe and live only moments after birth. We were also told that dialysis or transplant were not possible. The options we were offered were termination or “expectant management,” that is, waiting for her to die. Instead, we chose to pray earnestly for a miracle. Many of you joined us.”
This is the first child for the Washington State Latina politician and her husband Daniel, who married in 2008.
She was elected to her seat in 2011 and is the ninth congresswoman to give birth while serving in office.
The baby is described as “active, stable and breathing on her own.” Doctors at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore say they are “cautiously optimistic.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.