Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and her husband Daniel endured what every parent hopes to escape: news that their unborn child was afflicted with a disorder that would probably prove fatal in utero. The parents went to a team of specialists who worked with mother and child throughout the pregnancy, trying unconventional treatments. On July 15, at 28 weeks’ gestation, little Abigail was born.
There is still a tough road ahead for the family. One of the doctors said, “Hopefully science will evolve to the point where we will be able to save babies with this defect. But so far this is just one isolated case whose ultimate outcome is still unknown.” Fair enough. It’s fair to add, though, that all the medical expertise in the world would have been for nought without parents willing to go find it.
Not every parent with a sick preborn child will see the same outcome. Still, I see cause for tremendous optimism in Abigail’s story.