Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler announced Monday that she has given birth to a daughter, despite an earlier diagnosis that the baby was suffering from a normally fatal ailment.
Herrera Beutler, a pro-life Republican from Washington state, said earlier this year that her unborn child was suffering from Potter's Syndrome, a condition involving the improper development of the kidneys during pregnancy. One of the options Herrera Beutler had was to abort the fetus, but she refused.
Baby "Abigail is considered by her doctors to likely be the first baby to survive a diagnosis previously considered fatal," the congresswoman's office said in a statement.
The child is currently stable, but required immediate dialysis due to a lack of functioning kidneys.
Herrera Beutler was aided by a team of specialized physicians at The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and delivered the baby girl on July 15 at Emanuel Legacy Hospital in Portland, Ore.
"The options we were offered were termination or 'expectant management,' that is, waiting for [the baby] to die. Instead, we chose to pray earnestly for a miracle," the congresswoman and her husband said in a statement. "She is every bit a miracle."
On June 3, the Herrera Beutler announced on her Facebook page that "at a recent, routine ultrasound appointment we received the difficult news that our baby has a serious medical condition. ... We don't know what the future holds for our family."
The congresswoman herself "is doing well, caring for her precious little daughter and recovering," the family said in their statement.