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Rep. Beutler Announces Her Unborn Baby Has Serious Condition

Jaime Herrera Beutler is a Republican representing Washington State. Monday Rep. Beutler announced that her unborn child has a serious and possibly fatal kidney disease.

Rep. Beutler's announcement came via a post on her Facebook page co-signed by her husband. She indicates that her child has been diagnosed with Potter's Syndrome which is a failure of the baby's kidneys to function normally. This renal failure leads to insufficient amounts of amniotic fluid (most of which is produced by the baby's kidneys). The lack of fluid in turn results in insufficient lung development.

Rep. Beutler, who is pro-life, says she and her husband are praying for a miracle. Here is the complete announcement from Rep. Beutler's Facebook page:


A few weeks ago Daniel and I excitedly announced that we are expecting our first baby later this fall.  This post is to let you know about a sharp turn our journey has taken. 

At a recent, routine ultrasound appointment we received the difficult news that our baby has a serious medical condition called Potter's Syndrome. Potter's Syndrome (or Potter's Sequence) is abnormally low amniotic fluid caused by impaired kidney function which inhibits normal lung development and is often fatal. We have had a second opinion and the medical diagnosis was consistent with the initial news: there is no medical solution available to us. We are praying for a miracle. 

We don't know what the future holds for our family, but we ask for your prayers and appreciate the privacy a family needs in such circumstances.  According to the medical information and advice we've received, I will be able to continue to balance the responsibilities of an expectant mother with serving as your representative in Congress. 

-Daniel and Jaime



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