Doctors told Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler that her unborn baby would die due to her condition. But she heard God telling her to contend and fight for their unborn baby girl, and indeed, a miracle happened.
Unborn Baby With Potter’s Syndrome
Excited for her unborn baby girl, Abigail, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler publicly announced her pregnancy. But unfortunately, she received terrible news from doctors days later that shattered her.
“Your baby is going to die,” doctors told the expecting mom. According to their diagnosis, the unborn baby had Potter’s syndrome. It is “a rare disease characterized by a lack of amniotic fluid and kidney deficiency.”
“I remember the tech just going totally quiet,” she recalled to Faithwire. The scan showed that Abigail had no kidneys.
“[The doctors] said … ‘Your baby has no kidneys, which means there’s no amniotic fluid in there,” she said. “Which means your baby is going to die. There is no chance your baby will live. No baby has ever survived this. There is nothing to describe getting news like that.”
Turning To God, Never Giving Up
Hence, doctors advised her to have an abortion or induce the baby early. One doctor further recommended inducing so she would have time to say goodbye to her baby.
But despite the heartbreaking news, Jaime refused to give up and turned to God to determine her next steps.
“You are not getting that I do not want to be the one who ends this,” the representative thought back then. “I want this baby. I don’t want to end her life.”
So, Jaime turned to the Bible to seek guidance and wisdom. Then the next day, she received an email devotional about Jesus’ supernatural healings.
“It was five different scriptures about healing — about Jesus and how he healed people,” she recalled. “There was a little message about contending.”
A Fight For The Unborn Baby Girl
Jaime began to feel God telling her and her husband to fight for their unborn baby girl’s life. And that’s what they did exactly that despite what the doctors told them.
Soon after, the representative asked for prayers from the public.
“There is no medical solution available to us,” she wrote. “We are praying for a miracle.”
Jaime stood on God’s Word to her and claimed her miracle.
“It was just exactly what I needed. I’m a fighter anyway,” the congresswoman said. “I felt like the Lord said, ‘I’m going to give you the next step and the next step and the next step.”
Then she continued, “The Lord just really started to speak to my heart about what I was supposed to do in terms of contending for Abigail’s healing.”
“I felt like the Lord was like, ‘I’m going to give you this baby,'” she said.
It wasn’t an easy journey for Jaime and her husband. But God led them to another doctor who eventually helped them throughout the pregnancy, in keeping their baby until she was born.
Although harrowing and difficult, Jaime finally gave birth to Abigail. She recalls praying, “Jesus, save us.”
“I didn’t feel that he would [save us],” she added. “I just knew that he would.”
Today, Abigail is a healthy and happy 8-year-old little girl.
“She is a happy, healthy 8-year-old sister, she is really bright,” Jaime described. “She reads at, like, a 9th-grade level.”
Also, the grateful congresswoman advocates for families in a dire situation like she had experienced before. Her experience with her daughter Abigail inspired her. And she has a message to every parent, “Don’t give up and fight for your child.”
“We have encouraged and wanted to reach out to other families who are in these situations,” she said. “Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”
What a miracle-working God we serve!
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