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27-year-old frozen embryo results in baby’s birth

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An embryo frozen 27 years ago—in October 1992—produced a baby girl in October earlier this year.


Molly, the baby resulting from the embryo, is believed to have set a new record for the longest-frozen embryo to have led to a birth. Incidentally, the previous record was set by her older sister Emma. Both embryos were adopted by a couple from Tennessee, only three years apart.


That couple was Tina and Ben Gibson, who had struggled with infertility issues for five years until Tina’s parents saw a story on the news about embryo adoption. The couple felt that they should share their story since it was in the news that Ms. Gibson’s parents learned of the embryo that gave them their children.


Tina, an elementary school-teacher and Ben, a cybersecurity analyst, reached out to the National Embryo Donation Center, where frozen embryos from in-vitro fertilization patients are stored if they decide not to use but donate them instead.


The NEDC, founded 17 years ago, has been responsible for more than 1,000 embryo adoptions and births and does around 200 transfers every year.

Couples are presented with 200 to 300 donor profiles outlining the donor family’s demographic history in order to find out more about their chosen embryo.


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