Tennessee Woman Gives Birth to Baby from Embryo Frozen for Record-Breaking 24 Years
Tina Gibson gave birth to baby Emma Wren last month, and the baby now holds the all-time record for the longest-frozen embryo to come to birth
A Tennessee woman has given birth to a daughter who spent 24 years as a frozen embryo — making the baby the longest-frozen embryo to successfully come to birth.
Tina and Benjamin welcomed little Emma Wren on Nov. 25, according to a press release from the National Embryo Donation Center. The embryo was originally frozen in 1992, when mom Tina was just a year old.
The embryo was thawed by medical staff at the NEDC in March 2017 and transferred into Tina’s uterus earlier this year. Emma was born weighing 6 lbs., 8 oz. and measured 20 inches long. According to the release, University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library confirmed baby Emma now holds the all-time record for the longest-frozen embryo to come to birth.
“I just wanted a baby. I don’t care if it’s a world record or not,” Tina, 26, told CNN, after earlier noting that “This embryo and I could have been best friends.”
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“The NEDC has been privileged to work with the Gibsons to help them realize their dreams of becoming parents,” Dr. Jeffrey Keenan said of the faith-based organization.
“We hope this story is a clarion call to all couples who have embryos in long-term storage to consider this life-affirming option for their embryos.”
Embryo adoption has helped many couples become parents.
Leanna Elwell-Landry recently opened up to PEOPLE about her journey to motherhood in Family Portrait (on PeopleTV.com). After Elwell-Landry experienced struggles with infertility, she and her husband Jeff turned to embryo adoption.
“The more I read about it, the more I was like, ‘This seems like the perfect fit for us.’ Because you get to not only adopt this child but you get to carry your own child. You get to give birth to your own child. My mind was blown,” she said.