VANCOUVER, Wash. — U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s unborn child has been diagnosed with an often-fatal medical condition, the congresswoman says.
Herrera Beutler, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, delivered the news to her supporters in a Facebook post this week.
Her unborn child was recently diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome, or Potter’s Sequence, a condition caused by impaired kidney function that inhibits normal lung development.
Herrera Beutler, whose district includes Klickitat County, said the discovery was made during a routine ultrasound appointment.
“We have had a second opinion and the medical diagnosis was consistent with the initial news: there is no medical solution available to us,” Herrera Beutler and her husband Daniel said in the post. “We are praying for a miracle.”
The couple announced just weeks ago that they were expecting their first child. The congresswoman said she will not let the unexpected news distract her from her duties.
“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 said.