Herrera Beutler ‘prayed for a miracle’
Congresswoman and her husband welcome a baby girl after difficult diagnosis
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
When Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler gave birth to her first child earlier this month, doctors believe the little girl was likely the first baby to survive a diagnosis previously considered fatal.
Camas residents Herrera Beutler and her husband, Daniel Beutler, on Monday announced that their daughter, Abigail Rose Beutler, was born July 15 at 3:13 a.m., at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore.
While in utero, Abigail was diagnosed with Potter’s syndrome, caused by bilateral renal agenesis. Potter’s syndrome is a condition associated with a deficiency in amniotic fluid often caused by a baby’s prenatal kidney failure.
According to a press release, Abigail’s case absence of the kidneys resulted in anhydramnios, or a complete absence of amniotic fluid in the womb, which is critical to lung development.
The condition often results in terminated pregnancy. Babies born with the condition suffer from pulmonary hypoplasia, or severely undeveloped lungs, and are unable to breathe once outside of the womb.