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Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., who represents Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District,  disclosed Tuesday that her unborn child has been diagnosed with an often-fatal medical condition called Potter’s Syndrome.

“We are praying for a miracle,” the 34-year-old congresswoman from southwestern Washington said on her Facebook page.

“A few weeks ago Daniel (her husband) 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,” she wrote.

“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.”

Herrera Beutler, who has been serving in the U.S. House since 2011, lives in Camas.

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  • Nicole

    My prayers are with you and your family. I work as a Case manager for people living with disabilities and I feel that I should tell you that there are so many caring people out there and many resources. Don't give up hope. No matter what you will be a great mom and you will have a beautiful child.

  • Matt

    Why is this news worthy? I do understand the pain of this news as I spent three desperate months with same kinds of issues before my son was born. Yet that didn’t make headline news. Why should this?

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