Congresswoman's miracle baby 'continues to beat the odds'

Ten months after the birth of her first child, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler says her newborn “continues to beat the odds.”

The Washington Republican gave birth to Abigail last July, after doctors had initially told her the child had a “100 percent fatal” prenatal condition called Potter syndrome. Herrera Beutler’s baby was the first to survive with the condition, after the congresswoman underwent a technique that injected saline into the womb.

In an interview for the May 26 issue of People magazine, Herrera Beutler describes her pregnancy, and how she would squeeze weekly saline treatments into her House schedule. The lawmaker would wake up at 4 a.m. and drive to Baltimore for treatment before heading back to Washington in time for votes. 

Abigail was born two months premature, but Herrera Beutler tells the magazine when she heard her daughter cry for the first time at the hospital, she thought, “That’s our miracle.”

According to People, baby Abigail “gurgles and squeals happily and, like any kid, provides her parents with plenty of opportunity to make dirty diaper jokes.” Born without kidneys, she’ll need a transplant in the future. But her dad, Herrera’s husband, Dan, is being eyed as a donor.

Herrera Beutler says seeing her baby “happy and growing” makes the couple “so grateful.”

The issue hits stands nationwide on Friday. 

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