A miracle has happened in Congress that has gotten the whole nation buzzing. Abigail Rose Beutler, the infant daughter of Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) is a living, breathing answer to prayer, alive and doing well eight weeks after her premature birth July 15 — in large part because Beutler and husband Daniel rejected the advice of doctors to abort their baby or simply allow her to die.
Last May, shortly after the couple got the joyful news that Rep. Herrera Beutler (shown) was pregnant, a routine ultrasound revealed that there was something terribly wrong. “I could tell there was something kind of different,” Rep Beutler recalled to ABC News of that day, saying that the ultrasound technician “kind of went ashen” at what he saw on the screen.
What the technician saw was a baby without kidneys, a condition known as Potter syndrome, in which a critical lack of amniotic fluid prevents a baby's lungs and kidneys from developing properly. The condition is usually fatal, prompting Rep. Beutler to release a statement saying that “there is no medical solution available to us. We are praying for a miracle.”
In Abigail's case, according to Rep. Beutler, there was “a complete absence of amniotic fluid,” which led “multiple doctors” to advise her and her husband that Abigail's condition “was incompatible with life and that, if she survived to term, she would be unable to breathe and live only moments after birth. We were also told that dialysis or transplant were not possible. The options we were offered were termination or 'expectant management,' that is, waiting for her to die. Instead, we chose to pray earnestly for a miracle. Many of you joined us.”
Beutler recalled that even as the doctors told her that her baby's condition was hopeless she could feel the baby moving. “As the doctor was giving us the diagnosis [Abigail] was kicking,” Beutler told Fox News. “We're totally broken, we're sobbing, we're asking, ‘What can be done? Is there anything that can be done?’ And she's moving inside of me, and the doctor is saying, ‘No, there is no option. This is fatal.’”
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