A 26-year-old woman has given birth to a baby girl from a donated embryo which was frozen for 24 years – the longest ever frozen embryo to come to term.
Tina Gibson’s baby Emma Wren was conceived and fertilized 24 years ago in 1992, but the embryo was frozen instead of implanted.
Tina, who was born in 1991, could not conceive naturally with her husband Benjamin, because he has cystic fibrosis, so they decided to adopt a frozen embryo from the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
In March this year, the frozen embryo was thawed then transferred to Tina in an identical procedure to IVF.
On November 25, after a normal 40-week pregnancy with no issues, Tina gave birth naturally – with no drugs and a 24-hour labor – to Emma, who weighed six pounds and eight ounces, and measured 20 inches long.
Looking back, the couple from east Tennessee said they were overcome when they found out they could adopt an embryo.
But it wasn’t until the morning of the ‘transfer’ that they found out it was the longest time an embryo had been frozen, ahead of one in Virginia which was frozen for 19 years and a few months.
Speaking to Daily Mail Online, Tina admits that she was taken aback when, on the morning of the transfer, she found out how long the embryo had been frozen.
‘Honestly my I was just really worried that it wouldn’t work,’ Tina said. ‘I was like “I don’t want a world record, I want a baby!” But Ben was completely intrigued by it.
‘Then later it hit me when they were about to do the transfer. I said, “you know, I’m just 25… me and her, we could’ve been best friends.”‘