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Hopkins' doctor's rare treatment thought to contribute to a first in congresswoman's delivery

Hopkins' doctor's rare treatment thought to contribute to a first in congresswoman's delivery

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler was on to her third set of doctors when she visited the Johns Hopkins Hospital, having been told the fetus she was carrying was developing without kidneys and would be unable to breathe on its own after birth. But in Baltimore, her doctors stumbled into what is considered an unproven treatment for a condition known as Potter's Sequence, the diagnosis her fetus was given, involving low levels of amniotic fluid. Herrera Beutler underwent a series of injections of saline solution into her uterus at Hopkins to raise the fluid levels, key for normal fetal development. When the Republican congresswoman from Washington state delivered last month, three...

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