25-year-old Tina Gibson of Tennessee has just given birth to a girl who developed from a frozen embryo that was preserved for 24 years. According to researchers at the Preston Medical Library at the University of Tennessee, the embryo was the oldest frozen embryo ever produced and has resulted in a live and healthy birth.
Gibson was only one and a half years old when the egg froze. After being implanted with the egg, Gibson marveled, "Do you realize that I'm only 25, this embryo and I could have been friends." Tina and her husband Benjamin, 33, could not conceive their own child because Benjamin he suffers from cystic fibrosis, which can cause infertility.
The couple had made plans to adopt when they discovered the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Knoxville, Tennessee. In an interview with CNN, Tina recalls: "I came home one day, I looked at Benjamin and I said:" I think we have to submit an application for the adoption of embryos ". The couple presented their request that same night.
After reducing donors based on physical characteristics and medical history, they landed on the 24-year-old embryo, unaware that their choice had been frozen for more than two decades. The embryo they selected froze on October 14, 1992 and did not thaw until March of this year to implant in Tina's uterus.
Embryos such as the one selected by Tina and Benjamin, or the fertilized eggs in the early stages of development, have been coined as "neonates" and are cryopreserved or slowly frozen. The previous record for the time of a frozen embryo was 20 years.
The director of the NEDC Laboratory, Carol Sommerfelt, commented that the Gibsons' story is "moving". According to Benjamin, her daughter is healthy and has not been affected by her time in the freezer.
She states: "Emma is a sweet miracle […] I think she looks very perfect because she was frozen so many years ago." Tina explains that she did not care how long Emma had been frozen: "I just wanted a baby. whether it is a world record or not, "he added," we are so grateful and blessed. "She is a precious Christmas present from the Lord.
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