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A new record: US woman gives birth from embryo frozen 25 years ago

“Do you realise I’m only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends,” CNN quoted the mother Tina Gibson as saying.

world Updated: Dec 20, 2017 18:37 IST
Agencies, Washington
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Emma Wren Gibson was frozen as an embryo in 1992.(Image courtesy: National Embryo Donation Center/ Twitter)

A woman in the US has given birth to a baby girl from an embryo frozen a record 25 years ago.

And the mother is nearly the same age as the embryo which was frozen on October 14, 1992.

Emma Wren was born to East Tennessee resident Tina Gibson on November 25, 2017, weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces and with a height of 20 inches.

“Do you realise I’m only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends,” CNN quoted Gibson as saying. “I just wanted a baby. I don’t care if it’s a world record or not.”

Previously, the oldest known frozen embryo that came to successful birth was 20 years old.

When Gibson got married seven years ago, her husband had cystic fibrosis, a condition that can make men infertile.

The couple decided to adopt a child. In the meantime, they would foster several children.

Last year, her father told them about embryo adoption, where an embryo will be implanted in the body to help them carry a baby.

In August 2016, Gibson submitted an application for the adoption, and by spring had three embryos from the same anonymous donor transferred into her uterus.

After a series of medical examinations to see whether her uterus would be physically capable of receiving an implanted embryo, she was declared eligible for implantation in January.

It was only when she was preparing for the transfer that the doctor explained that the embryos Gibson had could lead to a “world record”, she told CNN.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 17:06 IST