Baby Successfully Born from An Embryo That Was Frozen 25 Years Ago
Emma Wren Gibson was technically supposed to be born in the ‘90s. However, she was frozen as an embryo in 1992 and waited a whopping 25 years before she was implanted in her now mother, Tina, who was just 25 at the time.
“Do you realize I’m only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends,” Tina said.
So weird to think about, right? What’s even crazier is that Emma is the longest known frozen embryo to ever have a successful birth. The previous record before her was 20 years.
Tina and her husband, Benjamin, had no idea that the embryo they chose was as old as it was and couldn’t believe their ears when the nurses told them.
While cool, after experiencing fertility issues for a long period of time, setting a record wasn’t the most important thing to Tina and Benjamin. “I just wanted a baby,” Tina said. “I don’t care if it’s a world record or not.”
Emma was born in November of 2017, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and 20 inches long. “We’re just so thankful and blessed,” Tina said.
Embryo adoption wasn’t the route Tina and Benjamin were initially going to take. They knew infertility was likely due to Benjamin having cystic fibrosis, so they decided to foster several children before deciding to adopt.
However, in the middle of one of their fosters, Tina’s dad informed her about embryo adoption—but Tina wasn’t really interested. “I was like, ‘Well, that’s nice, Dad, but we’re not interested. We’re knee-deep in foster care right now,’ ” she said. “I kind of blew it off. I had no interest in it.”
But when she couldn’t stop thinking about it, the two decided to apply for the proses on a whim. After many tests and procedures, Tina was cleared to move forward with the implantation, but not before picking a profile.
“It was overwhelming,” Tina said. “There was so many, and it’s like, how do you pick?”
They finally picked one based on height, weight and medical history, but that embryo wasn’t viable. When they chose Emma as their second choice, that’s when they discovered how old the embryo was.
To hear more about the odds of success in a case like this, and how exactly the process worked for Tina and Benjamin, check out the video below of an interview with the two of them. Plus, see little healthy baby Emma!
How crazy is it that this embryo is almost the same age as her mother? Do you know anyone who has ever tried embryo adoption before?