Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and her husband are hoping to bring the greatest gift of all home this Christmas: their baby daughter.
While pregnant, Herrera Beutler’s yet-to-be-born daughter was diagnosed with Potter’s sequence, which affects the kidneys and can prevent development of a baby’s lungs. Herrera Beutler wrote in a Facebook post that multiple doctors didn’t expect Abigail to survive. But after receiving what the lawmaker described as “unproven treatment by amniofusion,” in which doctors injected saline into the womb, Abigail was born with fully developed lungs. Herrera Beutler, 35, called her newborn’s arrival “a miracle.”
The nearly five-month-old Abigail was recently checked out of a California children’s hospital and moved to outpatient care in the Golden State.
Spokesman Drew Griffin told The Columbian newspaper that Herrera Beutler and her husband, Daniel Beutler, are “thrilled for Abigail to reach this next milestone in her journey and are enjoying their first time spent with their daughter outside of the hospital setting.”
Abigail will eventually need a kidney transplant. Griffin told ITK in an email that his boss’s story “has been an inspiration to us in the office and I know to countless others who have heard it.”