Baby Girl Makes History After Being Born From An Embryo That Was Frozen 27 Years Ago
A baby girl born in Tennessee has made history after she was born from an embryo frozen nearly three decades prior.
Tina Gibson, 28, welcomed daughter Molly on 26th October this year.
But what makes Molly's birth so special is that she is from an embryo that was frozen back in 1992 - when Tina herself was just one year old.
The embryo was thawed in February this year and transferred to Tina's uterus.
Molly now holds the record for being the longest time on record an embryo has been frozen before a successful and healthy birth. She was born a healthy weight of 6lbs 13oz.
Molly has beaten the existing record previously held by her own sister, Emma Wren Gibson.
Emma was born in 2017, 24 years after her embryo was frozen - with their pair full genetic siblings.
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The family said they were previously uncertain about embryo donation, until it was recommended to them by Tina's father.
After discussing and deliberating the idea, Tina and her husband Ben decided to try the idea, and visited the Embryo Donation Centre in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Embryo Donation Centre Lab Director and Embryologist Carol Sommerfelt said the birth of both Molly and Emma was evident of how far science and technology had progressed in recent years.
"When Tina and Ben returned for their sibling transfer, I was thrilled that the remaining two embryos from the donor that resulted in Emma Wren's birth survived the thaw and developed into two very good quality embryos for their transfer," she told Good Morning America.
"This definitely reflects on the technology used all those years ago and its ability to preserve the embryos for future use under an indefinite time frame."
The National Embryo Donation Centre was set up in 2003, and is considered to be one of the leaders in this field.
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