A Tennessee woman gave birth using a 24 year old frozen embryo, conceived only 18 months after herself was born. That makes baby Emma the longest known frozen embryo to come to birth.
The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) announced Tuesday that the baby girl was born on November 25 to Tina Gibson, who is 26 years old. Which means that Gibson gave birth to an embryo that was only 1.5 years younger than she was.
Baby Emma was cyropreserved in 1992 and placed in Gibson's uterus earlier this year through "frozen embryo transfer".
“Emma is such a sweet miracle,” Benjamin Gibson, Tina’s husband, said. “I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”
Dr. Jeffrey Kennan, the Director of NEDC, says that he hopes that baby Emma's story inspires others to help families in need and donate their embryos.
Nearly 700 pregnancies have been possible thanks to the center's adoption center with eggs donated from all over the United States.
Emma was about 20 inches at birth and weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz.
“It is deeply moving and highly rewarding to see that embryos frozen 24.5 years ago using the old, early cryopreservation techniques of slow freezing on day one of development at the pronuclear stage can result in 100 percent survival of the embryos with a 100 percent continued proper development to the Day-3 embryo stage,” said NEDC Lab Director, Carol Sommerfelt.
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