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JHB’s Baby Improves

Posted on 26th November 2013 at 17:13

The chances of her surviving to be born were originally pegged at somewhere between zero and none, but it’s now being reported that Abigail Rose Beutler, the infant daughter of Third District Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and her husband, Dan, could be home for Christmas. The Vancouver Columbian reports on the progress that Abigail Rose is making; it’s believed that she is the first-ever baby to survive a diagnosis of Potter’s Syndrome. That’s a situation where a lack of amniotic fluid leads to the non-development of the baby’s kidneys and lungs. Beutler underwent an experimental treatment, where saline solution was injected into the uterus, helping the lungs to fully develop. It’s reported that that the Beutlers were able to check the baby out of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto several days ago, transferring her to an outpatient facility in California. A spokesman in Beutler’s office says that they are “thrilled” to be at this next step, and look forward to bringing the baby to Southwest Washington. While Abigail’s lungs are fully functioning, her kidneys are still undeveloped, and she will need a transplant at some point in the future.