A Tennessee couple welcomed a newborn baby into the world on Nov. 25 who was cryopreserved for nearly 25 years.The embryo is just a year younger than the mother who birthed her.
Emma Wren spent nearly a quarter-century frozen in a lab before being transferred into Tina Wren’s uterus at the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tenn. earlier this year.
Even more amazing, Tina Wren is 26-years-old, meaning her daughter was conceived by another couple just a year and a half after she was born.According to research staff at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library, Emma now holds the all-time record for the longest-frozen embryo to come to birth.
Emma Wren Gibson, delivered November 25 by Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, medical director of the National Embryo Donation Center, is the result of an embryo originally frozen on October 14, 1992.
Emma’s parents, Tina and Benjamin Gibson of eastern Tennessee, admit feeling surprised when they were told the exact age of the embryo thawed March 13 by Carol Sommerfelt, embryology lab director at the National Embryo Donation Center.
Sommerfelt said the birth is “pretty exciting considering how long the embryos had been frozen.” Previously, the oldest known frozen embryo that came to successful birth was 20 years old.Weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces and measuring 20 inches long, Emma is a healthy baby girl, and that’s the only thought on her parents’ minds.
Tina said, “We’re just so thankful and blessed. She’s a precious Christmas gift from the Lord.We’re just so grateful.”
Despite not sharing genes, Benjamin, 33, said that Emma feels completely like his own child. “As soon as she came out, I fell in love with her,” he said.
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