(WASHINGTON) -- Speaker John Boehner praised a "special guest" on the House floor Wednesday, prompting applause and a standing ovation for a doctor who helped deliver a congresswoman's baby born with a prenatal condition. Boehner honored Dr. Jessica Bienstock, the residency program director for the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
“In her career, she has delivered nearly 1,000 babies," Boehner said, at one time wiping his eye. "One of them is well-known to us, and she is Abigail Rose Beutler, who of course is the daughter of our friend."
The child was born to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., and was diagnosed with Potter's Syndrome, a condition that prevents the development of kidneys and lungs. Beutler held her one-year-old daughter on the floor Wednesday.
“We’re all familiar with Abigail’s story, and the odds that she overcame. If she is a happy, healthy miracle, Dr. Bienstock is the miracle worker who helped give the gift of hope and life to this family," Boehner said. "I think our House owes a debt of gratitude to her and to all of our doctors, nurses and medical professionals.”
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