Your parents probably have stories of their own or their friends, of a kid being born hours, or maybe even days after their due date. But what about decades later?
Just last month, on November 25, a little baby girl was born to a couple in Tennessee in the US. The catch is that embryo that formed into their baby was not their own, but was actually cryogenically frozen back in 1992.
As reported by CNN, 26-year-old Tina and her husband Benjamin Gibson are now the proud parents of the oldest baby in the world. Scientists have been using frozen embryos for assisted reproduction since 1984, but the previous record was held by a 20-year-old embryo. The new record holder, Emma, was birthed from a 25-year-old embryo frozen on October 12, 1992.
“I just wanted a baby,” Tina told CNN. “I don’t care if it’s a world record or not.”
Wow, did this really happen?
During in vitrio fertilization (IVF) procedures sperm and an egg are extracted from the donors and then fertilized in a test tube. To offset the natural percentage of failure, many eggs are extracted but not all are ever used. Those extras are usually discarded, but some couples instead decide to freeze and donate them to infertile would-be parents.
MIRACLE BABY: Emma Wren was born after being frozen for more than 24 years as an embryo. Her mother says she’s a miracle and will have quite the story to tell someday. @wbir READ: https://t.co/iSAw1Yk1jQ pic.twitter.com/k6TFCqLJNg
— Madison Wade (@madisoncwade) December 19, 2017
In this case the Gibsons, when trying to have a baby of their own, picked out the embryo that became Emma from a donor list of over 300 anonymous profiles, judging only by genetic information. In fact, Emma’s parents were the second choice, after the Gibson’s first-picked embryo didn’t take.
What’s also intriguing is that Emma’s biological parents saved a total of three embryos at the facility, so it’s possible she may one day have biological brothers and sisters. Maybe they’ll even be 30-year-old newborns.