The young daughter of Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerIt's time for Congress to guarantee Medigap Health Insurance for vulnerable Americans with kidney disease Washington redistricting panel reaches late agreement on new lines Trump criticizes McCarthy for treatment of Greene in new book MORE has a new kidney, thanks to the tot’s dad.
The Washington Republican’s daughter, Abigail, was diagnosed with Potter’s syndrome, which affects the kidneys and can prevent the development of a baby's lungs, before she was born in July of 2013.
Doctors told Herrera Beutler the prenatal condition was virtually a death sentence. But after the 37-year-old lawmaker received saline injections into the womb, Abigail became the first child with Potter’s syndrome known to have survived.
Born without kidneys and spending her first two years on dialysis, the "miracle" baby received an organ donation from Herrera Beutler’s husband, Dan, back in February, the couple revealed to People magazine in a story published Friday.
While both the congresswoman and her husband were matches to make the kidney donation, Dan Beutler says he insisted on being the donor.
“I wanted to help,” Beutler tells the mag. “I wanted to do everything I could to make her life better.”
“They’re doing wonderful,” Herrera Beutler said of her hubby and daughter. “In fact, I feel like Abigail has more energy than ever! And I never thought that was possible, but she surprises us everyday.”
“We did have to go snatch her from death,” Herrera Beutler says. “I know we’re really blessed because the right things fell into place for us, and now other children get to benefit.”
Herrera Beutler has another reason to celebrate, too: She’s expecting a baby boy next month.