Father's Day: Meet Dan Beutler, a Congressional spouse, stay-at-home dad and organ donor


U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and husband Dan Beutler with kids Ethan and Abigail. Abigail, who turns 4 in July 2017, was born without kidneys and received a transplant from Dan in 2016. (Courtesy the office of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler)
For two-and-a-half-years, Daniel Beutler's evening routine started at 7 p.m., regardless of location: scrub his hands, record Abigail's blood pressure and weight, then connect his first-born to the dialysis device that kept her alive for another night.

But on Super Bowl Sunday 2016, the routine changed. Beutler and his wife read to Abigail until she fell asleep. This night, she could sleep next to her mom, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, now pregnant again.

This night, she wouldn't need all the tubes or the machine.

Abigail is the first known survivor of Potter syndrome, a congenital disease where an absence of amniotic fluid in the womb stunts kidney and lung development and causes near certain death upon birth. Abigail was born without kidneys, but she survived.

Now, a kidney was on the way. The donor would be her father.

Feb. 8, 2016, Dan crept out of their room at Stanford University Medical Center at 4:30 a.m. to prepare for the transplant. By that evening, Abigail had a functioning kidney and the young Clark County family was on the path to recovery. Continue reading

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