A 25-year-old woman made a new world record after getting pregnant with a 24-year-old embryo, giving birth to a beautiful baby that is essentially just about her age! How did that happen?
Benjamin and Tina Gibson had been married for many years but were unable to have a baby because Benjamin has cystic fibrosis, a medical condition that often leads to infertility. Still, they had a joyful life together and they fostered kids, something that they really loved doing.
Seeing that the two really love kids, Tina’s father suggested that they try embryo adoption. It was something that wasn’t as common as couples using their own cells for options such as IVF.
When the two finally decided to do it, they went to National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) to pick their baby but the process wasn’t as easy as they thought. They spent weeks just poring over the parents’ profiles and narrowing down their choices to three options.
Their first choice turned out to be a 24-year-old embryo which was frozen back on October 14, 1992. Despite learning the age of the embryo, the couple pushed through with their decision. The embryo was thawed last March 13, 2017; two days later, it was implanted into Tina’s uterus.
The pregnancy went on smoothly, with Tina giving birth to baby Emma Wren Gibson on November 25!
According to research staff at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library, baby Emma is the longest frozen embryo to come to birth, a medical breakthrough!
But what really struck everyone, including Tina, is that the baby could have been 24 years old already if she was born on schedule. This means she and Tina are really just about the same age.
“Do you realize I’m only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends,” Tina told Fox News. “We’re just so thankful and blessed. She’s a precious Christmas gift from the Lord,” she added. “We’re just so grateful.”
The couple has also opted to ‘adopt’ the two other embryos they had chosen along with Emma but are not yet sure when they will give Emma a sibling.