This baby was born from an embryo frozen 27 years ago
When Tina Gibson was a baby herself, a couple of strangers were trying to do what her parents had just done–have a child. They did IVF and had some leftover embryos.
Now, 27 years later, those embryos have made Gibson and her husband Ben proud parents. Their daughters, 3-year-old Emma Wren and Molly Everette, born in October 2020, are full genetic siblings who started out as embryos frozen in 1992. Through embryo adoption, they ended up being implanted in Gibson’s womb decades later.
Sommerfelt said the birth is “pretty exciting considering how long the embryos had been frozen.” Previously, the oldest known frozen embryo that came to successful birth was 20 years old.
Weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces and measuring 20 inches long, Emma is a healthy baby girl, and that’s the only thought on her parents’ minds.
“We’re just so thankful and blessed. She’s a precious Christmas gift from the Lord,” Tina said. “We’re just so grateful.”
The couple said they fostered several children before Tina’s dad mentioned embryo adoption.
“Do you realize I’m only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends,” she said at the time. “I just wanted a baby. I don’t care if it’s a world record or not.”
The NEDC has facilitated more than 1,000 births through embryo adoption since it began in 2003, and says its goal is to “protect the lives and dignity of frozen embryos that would not be used by their genetic parents and to help other couples build the families they have longed for via donated embryos.”
Families looking to adopt are able to select embryos based on factors like ethnic background, genetics, health history, and more.
Source: people, motherly