The oldest frozen embryo ever born, Molly Everette Gibson, has been officially recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. Despite the fact that they are only “18 months” apart, a pleased mother proudly holds her newborn child in her arms. The record number is content and in good health, and it is, technically, 27 years old. In October 1992, Molly Everette Gibson was conceived using a frozen embryo. Just 18 months after her mother Tina, now 29 years old, was born in April 1991, the egg was frozen.
It’s difficult to comprehend that, a young mother named Tina told the New York Post. Molly, though, is a little miracle for us. According to researchers, the infant has made history by being the longest-frozen embryo to give birth successfully. The achievement can lead to sibling rivalry because her older sister Emma Wren, who lasted 24 years on ice until giving birth in 2017, previously held the record. The embryos’ biological parents are unknown because they were anonymously donated, however they are identical siblings. The National Embryology Center froze the eggs before transferring them to Tina’s uterus.
Tina and Benjamin, a 36-year-old couple, first sought help from NEDC after five years of attempting to conceive naturally. Cystic fibrosis, which Benjamin has, can make a woman infertile. Tina’s parents watched the NGO on the news after the couple had been married and raising kids for ten years. We were like, ‘That sounds ridiculous,’ she recalled. We’re not interested, thank you. We couldn’t stop thinking about it after that and couldn’t stop.” On transfer day, Tina learned that it had been Frozen for 24 years. She explains, “I questioned the specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Keenan: ‘What does that mean?'”
After a while, the Gibsons decided they wanted to give her a sibling, and it was simple to choose to transfer the two leftover embryos from the same donor. More than 1,000 embryo births and deliveries have been assisted by NEDC, which also conducts about 200 embryo transfers annually at the moment. Couples can choose to receive “closed” or “open” embryos, which allow for some type of communication with the donor family, similarly to the traditional adoption procedure.
Molly and Emma, two of Gibson’s kids, are cousins. When Tina Gibson was just over a year old in 1992, both embryos were donated and collectively frozen. Before Molly was born this year, the oldest embryo to be born in history, according to NEDC, was Emma’s 24-year-old embryo. It’s certainly possible that a 30-year-old embryo may give birth one day, according to Mr. Mellinger.