WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler gave birth two weeks ago to a daughter with Potter’s Syndrome, apparently the first baby to survive any length of time with the often-fatal condition caused by prenatal kidney failure.
Abigail Rose Beutler, whose birth was made public Monday, is currently hospitalized at Lucile Packard Children’s hospital at Stanford University. She is stable and active and undergoing dialysis.
She is the first child for Herrera Beutler, a second-term Republican from Camas, and her husband, Daniel. The couple announced the pregnancy May 1. On June 3, they disclosed that a second-trimester ultrasound detected the fetus had Potter’s Syndrome, an often-fatal condition caused by insufficient amniotic fluid in the womb.
Herrera Beutler underwent serial amnioinfusion at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The procedure — which has been performed at Johns Hopkins only once before — injects saline solution to the womb to allow the lungs to develop fully.
Abigail was born July 15 at 28 weeks at Legacy Emanual Medical Center in Portland. Doctors do not know her long-term prospects.