On Monday, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican, made an unimaginably tragic announcement on Facebook. The expectant mother and House member from Washington State wrote a brief note letting constituents know that her unborn child has Potter’s Syndrome, a potentially-fatal disease.
Beutler, who announced her pregnancy just weeks ago, said that she and her husband, Daniel, are praying for a miracle as they grapple with the news. The couple openly addressed the “sharp turn” their journey as expectant parents has taken.
Potter’s Syndrome effects babies’ kidney development and causes other fetal abnormalities.
“At a recent, routine ultrasound appointment we received the difficult news that our baby has a serious medical condition called Potter’s Syndrome,” the Beutlers wrote. “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.”
After receiving a second opinion, the letter notes that the diagnosis was substantiated. In addition to asking for prayers and privacy, Rep. Beutler said that doctors have given her the green light to continue serving in Congress, despite this monumental setback.
“There is no medical solution available to us. We are praying for a miracle,” the letter continued.
You can read the letter in its entirety, below:
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
The plight the couple is facing is certainly unimaginable.
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