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Herrera Beutler’s “miracle baby” inspires standing ovation on U.S. House floor

Abigail Rose, who recently celebrated her first birthday, is no stranger to inspiring political goodwill from both sides of the aisle.

When she was born, the U.S. President sent her mother, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, a note saying he was praying for the little girl known as the “miracle baby.” 

On Wednesday, the infant inspired a standing ovation on the U.S. House floor.

U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, was visibly emotional while speaking about about the little girl.

 

Boehner introduced Dr. Jessica Bienstock, the doctor who administered the experimental treatment at Johns Hopkins University and helped the baby survive a normally-fatal condition known as Potter’s Syndrome. 

The child was born, three months premature, weighing 2 pounds, 12 ounces and without kidneys. She is on dialysis and is expected to receive a kidney transplant from her father this fall. She’s also expected to live a normal adult life. 

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Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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