TODAY   |  September 06, 2013

‘Miracle baby’ survives usually fatal condition

Doctors are calling a baby born despite the absence of amniotic fluid in the womb, which stunts lung development, a “miracle.” NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>> today's cover story . a medical miracle. when congresswoman jamie herrera butler was told her baby wouldn't survive birth. she did not give up hope. we're going to talk to her and her husband in a moment but first kelly o'donnell has their story.

>> reporter: so sweet. a heart melting little girl , abigail rose, but this delicate face belongs to a fighter to beat a devastating diagnosis. she has no kidneys.

>> well, abigail's case say break through in that she is the first baby to be born with bilateral renal agenciisis or no kidneys.

>> he represents southwest washington state .

>> you did not pass immigration reform .

>> reporter: the news was dire for first time parents. they were told their baby would not live. in addition to having no kidneys, there was no fluid in the womb. critical for developing lungs.

>> i didn't think there were any physicians that expected her to ever reach that stage where she is simply a growing premie breathing on her own with dialysis.

>> in july the congresswoman revealed on facebook her daughter's birth at just 28 weeks writing he is every bit a miracle. butler credited prayers and the doctors who tried an unproven treatment, retreated injections of saline in her womb to help them develop.

>> we want to be cautious in how we interrupt the results but it gives us hope for the future.

>> joy surrounding this tiny survivor. for today, kelly o'donnell, nbc news, the capitol.