Lifestyle Health Couple Welcomes Twins from Embryos Frozen 30 Years Ago Rachel and Phillip Ridgeway welcomed Lydia and Timothy on Oct. 31 via donated embryos from a couple who stored them in 1992 By Anna Lazarus Caplan Anna Lazarus Caplan Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 21, 2022 11:52 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Twins born last month in Knoxville, Tennessee, may be from the the longest-frozen embryos to result in a live birth. When Rachel Ridgeway gave birth Oct. 31, her healthy twins came courtesy of embryos that were donated 30 years ago, according to CNN. "There is something mind-boggling about it," her husband, Philip Ridgeway, told the outlet. "In a sense, they're our oldest children, even though they're our smallest children." The Ridgeways have four other children, ages 8, 6, 3 and almost 2, but none were conceived via IVF or donors. The embryos originally belonged to those of an anonymous married couple at a West Coast fertility facility, using the husband's sperm and the eggs of a 34-year-old donor. The couple later donated the embryos to the National Embryo Donation Center, according to CNN. Peta Murgatroyd Says Embryo Transfer Wasn't Successful: 'I Will Get My Baby, Just Not Right Now' When the Ridgeways embarked on their journey to have more children, they consulted the center in Knoxville, Tennessee. "We've never had in our minds a set number of children we'd like to have," Philip told CNN. "We've always thought we'll have as many as God wants to give us, and … when we heard about embryo adoption, we thought that's something we would like to do." The five embryos were thawed on Feb. 28, and three were viable, according to the outlet. Rachel opted to transfer all three, she said. Courtesy of NEDC "You just showed me a picture of my three children," she recalled to CNN. "I have to have them all." Two of the embryos were successfully transferred. According to studies, about 25% to 40% of frozen embryos result in a live birth. Tenn. Couple's Baby Sets New Record After Being Born from Embryo That Was Frozen for 27 Years Despite the length of the embryos' storage, liquid nitrogen can preserve them for decades, according to fertility doctors. "It doesn't seem like a sperm or an egg or embryo stored in liquid nitrogen ever experiences time," Dr. Jim Toner, a fertility specialist in Atlanta, said. "It's like that Rip Van Winkle thing. It just wakes up 30 years later, and it never knew it was asleep." Last month, Lydia (5 lbs. 11 oz.) and Timothy (6 lbs. 7 oz.) made their debuts — some 30 years in the making. The babies beat the previous record for oldest embryos resulting in a live birth. In 2020, more than 27 years after her embryo was first frozen, Molly Everette Gibson was born to parents Tina and Ben Gibson. "Molly was conceived and frozen 28 years ago, only a year and a half after Tina herself was born," Mark Mellinger, marketing and development director for the NEDC, told PEOPLE at the time. "Pretty amazing."