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Baby Born From Embryo Frozen 24 Years – the Longest Ever

By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 03:04 PM

A woman gave birth last month in Tennessee to a baby who was frozen as an embryo 24 years ago. 

New mom Tina Gibson was just 1 year old when the embryo was frozen in 1992. It was eventually donated to the National Embryo Donation Center, a faith-based embryo adoption program, to which the Gibsons turned to conceive.

Gibson gave birth to Emma Wren on Nov. 25, making Emma the longest-frozen embryo to come to birth.

“Emma is such a sweet miracle,” Gibson's husband Benjamin said in a news release. “I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”

Medical Director of NEDC Dr. Jeffrey Keenan said the organization was “privileged” to help the Gibsons become parents through using donated frozen embryos.

“We hope this story is a clarion call to all couples who have embryos in long-term storage to consider this life-affirming option for their embryos,” he said in the release. 

Tina Gibson marveled at the technology that allowed her to carry and deliver a child 24 years after the embryo was created. “These embryos could have been my best friends,” she told NEDC lab director Carol Sommerfelt, who oversaw the embryo thawing and implantation process, the release stated. 

The NEDC has had almost 700 pregnancies occur using previously frozen, donated embryos, the release reported. The number is more than any other clinic or organization doing this work. Embryos have been donated from all 50 states, and couples travel from all over the country and even from other countries to have the embryos implanted. 

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