Baby born from record-breaking 24-year-old frozen embryo

Baby born from record-breaking 24-year-old frozen embryo

Baby born from record-breaking 24-year-old frozen embryo

A USA woman has successfully delivered a baby with a 25-year-old frozen embryo - the longest known frozen human embryo.

The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) says baby Emma Wren was born November 25 to Benjamin and Tina Gibson.

"Do you realize I'm only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends", Tina, now 26, told CNN.

Tina, however, explained to CNN that she just wanted a baby.

It was only when the Gibsons were preparing for the transfer that a doctor told them that they were about to set a world record.

"Gibson and her husband were unable to conceive a child on their own, and are thrilled with their new baby."Emma is such a sweet miracle", said father Benjamin Gibson in a statement."I think she looks pretty ideal to have been frozen all those years ago".

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In August 2016, Ms. Gibson submitted an application for embryo adoption, and, early this year, had three embryos from the same anonymous donor transferred into her uterus.

I think this story should affect the way we look at the moral value of frozen IVF embryos.

Zaher Merhi, director of IVF research and development at New Hope Fertility Center in NY, told CNN that US companies are not required to report the age of the embryos, only the outcome of the pregnancies, so "nobody has these records".

We are very thankful and blessed. According to her, Emma's birth presents an exciting time for the medical community, largely because it means that pregnancy and birth can still be possible even after the embryo had been frozen for over two decades. The couple chose to foster several children but thought again about pregnancy when Mr Gibson suggested they look into embryo adoption. They can donate the embryos to research. Its mission 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". There are around 700,000 to 1 million human embryos now being held in storage in the US.

A Tennessee couple has welcomed a baby girl who grew from an embryo that had been frozen for 24 years. She's a precious Christmas gift from the Lord. "It's a gift from the Lord, for sure".

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