Congresswoman’s Miracle Baby May Come Home for Christmas After Doctors Said She’d Die

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 26, 2013   |   7:32PM   |   Washington, DC

When she was pregnant with her daughter Abigail Rose Beutler, doctors told Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, a pro-life Republican from Washington state, that her baby had a potentially fatal diagnosis that would claim her life shortly after birth.

Beutler posted a message on Facebook in June saying her unborn child had been diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome, a condition which prevents the child’s kidneys from developing properly and is typically fatal for the baby.

In Potter’s syndrome, the unborn baby has an atypical physical appearance as the result of oligohydramnios, a decrease in amniotic fluid volume that causes developmental problems and babies with Potter’s Syndrome typically die within a couple days of being born.

Then, in July, Beutler said Abigail was doing well two weeks following her birth and she continued to progress in September.

Now, local news outlet KGW reports “Beutler and her husband may be able to bring their infant daughter home for Christmas.”

Herrera Beutler’s daughter, Abigail, has been called a “miracle baby.” She was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome while in the womb.

The condition is usually fatal but Herrera Beutler underwent unusual prenatal treatments and Abigail was born alive in July. Since then, she has been cared for at a Calif. hospital.

But last week, Abigail was transferred to an outpatient facility and Herrera Beutler said she hopes her child will be able to spend Christmas with her family in their SW Wash. home.