Woman, 26, Gives Birth To Baby From 24-Year-Old Frozen Embryo
Tina Gibson, who is 26 years old, gave birth to a baby on Nov. 25 that came from an embryo that was frozen for 24 years.
The baby, Emma Wren, grew from an embryo that was frozen at the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Oct. 14, 1992 when Gibson was only a year-and-a-half old, notes a press release from the NEDC.
Emma, who weighed weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces at birth, is the record holder for the longest-frozen embryo to result in birth, per the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library.
NEDC Lab Director Carol Sommerfelt said in a press release:
It is deeply moving and highly rewarding to see that embryos frozen 24.5 years ago using the old, early cryopreservation techniques of slow freezing on day one of development at the pronuclear stage can result in 100 percent survival of the embryos with a 100 percent continued proper development to the day-3 embryo stage.
“Emma is such a sweet miracle,” Benjamin Gibson said of his daughter. “I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”