Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and her husband Daniel announced the birth of their miracle baby July 29, months after doctors diagnosed her with Potter’s Sequence, a fatal condition.
The rare pre-natal disease causes impaired kidney function and produces abnormally low amounts of amniotic fluid, which inhibits normal lung development. Doctors told the Beutlers that baby Abigail would not be able to breathe and would die only moments after birth. They told the parents their only options were to terminate the pregnancy or wait for the child to die.
Despite the seemingly hopeless diagnosis, the Beutlers decided to carry their daughter to term. Jamie, a pro-life Republican, wrote on Facebook in June, “We don’t know what the future holds for our family, but we ask for your prayers and appreciate the privacy a family needs in such circumstances. … We are praying for a miracle.”
The Beutlers said a parent who faced a similar situation told them about an unproven treatment called amnioinfusion, and they found doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who were willing to try it. “Every week for five weeks, doctors injected saline into the womb to give Abigail’s lungs a chance to develop,” the parents said in a joint statement. “There was no way to know if this treatment would be effective … but with hearts full of hope, we put our trust in the Lord and continued to pray.”