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Jamie Herrera Beutler gives birth to miracle baby

In May, pro-life Republican congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler announced that she was expecting a child. A few weeks later, she had a tragic update to share: her baby had been diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome. Potter’s Syndrome is low amniotic fluid, usually caused by impaired kidney function. This can affect the development of the baby’s lungs, and most of the time, is fatal. Herrera Beutler and her husband were told that they had two options: have an abortion, or give birth to their baby, and wait for her to die.

Pro-aborts responded about as you would expect them to:

– Oh goody… and she’s GOP…. let’s all watch this one develop. Let’s see if she follows the party line ….

–Abort the baby. Wait a few months. Get pregnant again. This is not a big deal.

– Why not be proactive and get an abortion?

– Sorry, prayers won’t do a damn thing.

– She should just go to a Planned Parenthood and be done with “it”, after all, it’s not a human yet.

–I laugh at her in that her political ideology has her in a corner I would wish nobody in.

Because in the pro-abortion world, the answer to everything is abortion.

Fortunately, Herrera Beutler and her husband chose to fight for their child. Today, she announced that their daughter, Abigail Rose, was born two weeks ago and is truly a miracle baby.

Through the outreach of a parent who had faced a similar situation, we found a group of courageous and hopeful doctors at Johns Hopkins who were willing to try a simple, but unproven treatment by amnioinfusion. Every week for five weeks, doctors injected saline into the womb to give Abigail’s lungs a chance to develop. With each infusion we watched via ultrasound as Abigail responded to the fluid by moving, swallowing and “practice breathing.” The initial lack of fluid in the womb caused pressure on her head and chest, but over the course of the treatment we were able to watch them reform to their proper size and shape. Her feet, which were clubbed in early ultrasounds, straightened. There was no way to know if this treatment would be effective or to track lung development, but with hearts full of hope, we put our trust in the Lord and continued to pray for a miracle.

A day after the fifth infusion, Jaime went in to pre-term labor. After four days of trying to prevent pre-term delivery, Abigail prevailed and arrived. The doctors and nurses were prepared for the worst – but immediately after she was born, she drew a breath and cried! After a few minutes, it was clear that her lungs were very well developed for a baby born so early. The infusions had stopped the Potter’s Sequence. The next challenge was to address her lack of kidney function.

The first doctors we encountered told us that dialysis or transplant were not possible. No local hospital was prepared to perform the procedure necessary – peritoneal dialysis – on a baby so small. Johns Hopkins was willing, but too far to transport. After a day of searching, we found a team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital who were “happy to have her.” At sixteen hours old, she made her first trip to California, had surgery the next day and began dialysis immediately after. She is active, stable and breathing on her own.

Little Abigail is believed to be the first known survivor of Potter’s Syndrome.

  • ldwendy

    As a member of Congress, Rep. Herrera is probably covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) plan. Essentially, the American taxpayer is paying for the medical bills of her baby.

    It is ironic that this representative voted against the Affordable Care Act, which would cover the preexisting conditions of children with chronic illness requiring medical care. My prayer is that through this experience of giving birth to a sick child she will be become more empathetic toward parents who have children with preexisting conditions and are uninsured.

    • Calvin Freiburger

      I don’t know what’s more absurd, the fact that you equate govt. providing health insurance to someone AS HER EMPLOYER with govt. providing health insurance to people in general, or the way you base your smugness on the premise that ObamaCare will actually work as advertised, with no major trade-offs.

      • Basset_Hound

        I guess I’m a bad person because I’m empathetic to parents who have preexisting conditions who are being left uninsured because their employer is cutting their hours (or dropping health care as a benefit altogether. )

        • VietnamVet

          the cutting of hours and dropping health care is due to Obammacare. It will destroy more jobs than you can comprehend. Do some research. Blame the real perps, the liberals, socialism DOES NOT WORK, NEVER HAS, NEVER WILL, LOOK AT DETROIT AND CHICAGO, THE LIBS (DEMS) HAVE RUINED BOTH CITIES, LOOK AT NEW ORLEANS, DEMS AGAIN, EVERY CITY AND STATE CONTROLLED BY THE DEMS/LIBERALS/PROGRESSIVES ARE FAILING, WAKE UP!!!

          • Basset_Hound

            Yes, VietnamVet, you echoed my sentiments exactly. My husband spent part of his life in two liberal “utopias”, Detroit and Los Angeles and I’ve heard more than enough from him. I’m not on board with ObamaCare one bit, especially since my husband’s company is seriously thinking of dropping health care as a benefit when it kicks in. My comment was initially aimed at “idwendy”.

        • expat711

          The reason employers are doing that is BECAUSE of Obamacare. I guess that wouldn’t occure to you

          • Basset_Hound

            Oh yes, it occurs to me very much. I’m VERY much aware that Obamacare is the reason why employers are cutting hours.

    • DMH

      At last, my tax dollars going to protect life instead of killing preborns, newborns, oddborns and antiques!

    • llkerschen

      Thank you for mentioning this pro-life aspect of the ACA.

  • Elora

    Wow. What a blessing–I hope their example and miracle will be an encouragement to others.

  • Ann Pollak

    Beautiful story!

  • cyhilterman

    A great miracle of God’s. Thank God they didn’t go for an abortion.

  • sha49tn

    Praise the Lord! What does He have to do to prove to the baby murderers that abortion is NOT an option?

  • Richard Loveday

    Praise God!!! Congratulations.