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27-Year-Old Frozen Embryo Sets Record When Woman Finally Gave Birth To a Baby Girl

Not all families in this world have the blessing of giving birth to a baby. Sometimes there are medical issues with either the man or the woman. Some of them dream day and night of giving birth to a baby only to find out that they are infertile.

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Before the advancement of technology, people turned to God and prayed and begged for years together. In some cultures, the woman was forced to engage in intercourse with the priest to bring home a child. Thanks to modern science, we have left those practices behind us. This is the story of Tina Gibson and her baby, who received worldwide recognition when she was only one month old. Was she a miracle baby?

The Gibsons

Tina and Ben Gibson have been a loving family for many years now. They fell in love with each other the moment they saw each other. They got married and spent the prime years of their lives with great enthusiasm.

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There was nothing that could bring down the mood of the family. They were always chipper and happy, no matter what situation they were in. But something was bothering them for a long time now. It was something that would worry them for life.

Praying for more than five years

The Gibsons were trying to have a baby, and they could not succeed. They were quite young and athletic, so they were not able to pinpoint the reason. They thought that they must be doing something wrong and tried again and again.

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But all their efforts would go futile. They went along the same path for more than five years now. Tina and Ben had given up all hopes to conceive naturally. The doctors broke the bad news and told them to try other options.

Traditional adoption for the Gibsons?

They had to face reality and opt for other options for becoming parents. At first, Tina was heartbroken that she would never experience the joy of being pregnant. She wanted to feel her big tummy grow for nine months and to give birth.

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But reality had a different plan for her. Ben consoled her as they planned to look at traditionally adopting a kid. They were sure that this kid would receive all the love and care in the world, even if it is not theirs.

Tina's mother comes across a local ad

Tina started getting in touch with a few agencies for adoption. Although she had agreed to go down this path, Tina's parents noticed that she was not herself. Once a baby comes along, she would be happier, but not herself.

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But there is nothing that they could do here. She knelt in front of God and begged him to show a way for them. The very evening, something magical happened. Tina's mom was watching some local ads and came across a concept called embryo transfer.

The Gibsons had a new way

She immediately picked up the phone and dialed her daughter. This phone call would change everything for the Gibsons. This plan was something that Tina could pursue and achieve her dream of being pregnant.

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She looked it up and did her research on the topic. After a lot of discussions, she decided to go forward with this plan. Tina got in touch with NEDC and consulted with the doctors for carrying another woman's egg. She was presented with at least 200 to 300 profiles to go through.

Happy and healthy baby

Tina flipped through the files like a small kid looking for the best candy in the market. It was the first time in five years she had smiled heartfully. Ben was happy to see his partner finally hope for something.

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They did not care for how the baby would look. Hence their priority was that the baby should be happy and healthy. They did not choose the doner based on their looks or educational qualification. God had finally given them a way out of her mental misery.

The day was finally here

Tina and Ben finalized a profile and decided to go forward with it. They fixed an appointment for the transfer. The day finally arrived when Tina would get pregnant! This process was not going to be easy.

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They had to first plant a donor's egg inside of her and then artificially inseminate her. Although Ben believed in her, Tina had her doubts about conceiving. Her entire body was sweating uncontrollably when the procedure was going on. She closed her eyes tightly and prayed to God to take care of the rest.

Her baby was 24 years old!

It looks like God did take care of her. With this method, she was able to conceive successfully. Tina and Ben were on top of the world when they saw the progress every day.

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She did everything under the sky to make sure the baby was growing healthy. Nine months flew by, and Tina was ready to give birth to her precious baby. This day would change everything for her and her family. Tina received the information on the day of her labor that the donor's egg planted in her was about twenty-four years old!

The facility that enabled it all

Tina was shocked to know that this is the oldest egg ever frozen. The person who decided to freeze her eggs did so in the year 1992. So technically, this baby was already alive for the past twenty-four years. This journey of theirs began with NEDC (National Embryo Donation Center).

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The center explains that the adoption through this method is neither legally nor technically an adoption. The contract ownership law covers this area and not an adoption law. This fact made it easier for Tina to accept that it is her baby though and though.

Media covered this news

It was not long before the media caught a whiff of this news. After all, this was another score for technology. The oldest egg ever frozen had now come to life. Even before the baby was one year old, Emma got all the attention of the world.

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Headlines were popping up in every newspaper. Tina was overwhelmed by this fact. She was not only a happy mother with a healthy baby, but she was also now the mother of the oldest frozen embryo.

Tina did not realize this was a big deal

Till then, the couple from Tenneese had no idea that this was a big deal. Emma Wren Gibson was now officially in the records. But Tina and her family were mainly focused on the happiness and well being of the baby.

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The Gibsons feel like their life had come to a full circle with Emma. But God was not done with them yet. He had bigger plans for them, and this was going to happen very soon.

A second baby?

Ben always dreamt of having a larger family. They were happy with their first daughter Emma, but they had way too much love in their hearts to give. Since the first time was a success, the Gibsons decided that they wanted another baby.

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Emma was born in 2017, and they decided to have another one at the end of 2019. But other options were presented to Tina. She could now freely choose to adopt a baby traditionally. They even got in touch with agencies to go through this path.

Embryo transfer again

When it comes to adopting traditionally, most parents take one look at the kid and decide to go ahead with them. This decision is made based on a special bond created in the first look. But Tina was not able to feel this bond with any kid.

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She felt horrible for feeling so but got reassured by Ben that God had different plans for them. Sure enough, she was contacted by the National Embryo Donation Center, and she knew this was her calling.

Second baby to make headlines yet again

The couple went through with the formalities, and Tina was all set to get pregnant again. She was more than excited this time because she knew she could do it. There was something different about this egg too.

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Till now, Emma would hold the record of being the oldest frozen embryo born, but her little sister would steal that title from her. This baby was going to be twenty-eight years old! That is about three and a half years older than her sister Emma.

Molly Gibson

October 14th, 1992, was the day Molly was frozen. But Molly was not going to be born till October 6th, 2020. She knows that she is a miracle and the family never makes her forget this fact.

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Tina prayed throughout the pregnancy that she would grow healthily. Setting these kinds of records was not new for the family. They had already received enough media attention during Emma's birth, and it was now Molly's time to shine. This record-breaking baby was bought into the world, thanks to Tina's mom.

Joy in the family

When Molly was born, she weighed only six pounds and thirteen ounces. Tina added that Molly had been the light in their otherwise dark year in 2020. She was conceived right before the pandemic started, and the lockdown made it difficult for Tina to follow many procedures.

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What is even more amusing is that Emma and Molly are both genetically siblings. They were both donated by the same donor at the same time. So technically, both these girls are of the same age!

New Reproductive technology

Women not being able to conceive has been an age-old problem. People have turned to weird and disturbing solutions in the past to get a baby. But in the recent past, things have been different for couples.

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In the year 2017 alone, there were around seventy-eight thousand babies born. Around 1.7% of these 78000 were conceived with the help of assisted reproductive technology. Embryo transfer accounted for only five percent of this. There are chances that the baby might not survive till birth.

Age does not matter

There might be a belief in the community that older eggs are no good. But this is not the case. Once the egg is frozen, it is preserved safely. So whether it is planted ten years later or twenty years later, the chances of it surviving are pretty good.

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The older technology was not much reliable when it came to preservation. But in case the older embryo survives being thawed, it has as good a chance of implanting as any other embryo.

Is Molly really the oldest?

An interview was conducted with Zaher Merhi, director of IVF research and development at New Hope Fertility Center. She stated that the companies need not report the age of the embryo when they give it for implantation.

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So there could be a good chance that there is an older frozen embryo walking around currently, but we are not aware of this. But one thing is for sure Molly will not hold this title for long. With advancements in technology, the record for this can be broken easily.

Does the baby have genetic relations to the mother?

Even though Tina has given birth to both the babies, there will not be any genetic link between the mother and the daughters. So regardless of whose uterus that embryo is gestated into a baby, the genetic material will still only come from the two individuals who created that embryo.

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You may wonder why anyone would go through this process if the children cannot become theirs genetically. Some mothers long for the feeling of growing and incubating a little one inside them. They will also have the joy of taking care of this baby from day one.

Experiencing pregnancy

Tina was also one of the people who wanted to go through this pregnancy step by step. She enjoyed every month of her pregnancy and felt like a mom. These are small things, like breastfeeding your children, going through the actual process of birth, etc.

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This personally bought joy to the Gibson family. She has not felt like this baby belongs to someone else, even for a second. Tina took extra care of her body and diet to ensure they were more than healthy.

Prayers were finally answered

Tina would have never been able to go through this process if not for her faith in God. All these years of praying and crying have finally paid off. She has two healthy children, and both are girls.

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The Gibsons always wanted two beautiful girls in their family, and thanks to embryo transfer, this was possible. She is even more thrilled with the fact that they are genetic siblings. Emma had Molly both have a similar twinkle in their eye that proves this.

Bringing joy to other families

The National Embryo Donation Center was founded around seventeen years ago. Since then, they have facilitated more than 1000 embryo adoptions and births. Currently, they enable around two hundred transfers each year.

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Many families who were turning to adoption earlier are now choosing this method. But there are many children abandoned on the streets every day. These children also need a fair chance in life. Couples are often encouraged to go through Embryo transfer and adopt a baby a few years down the line.

Contact with the donor family

These days couples are also given the option of two different kinds of embryo transfer. One being the closed embryo adoption or open embryo adoption. This means that the family on the receiving end gets to choose if they want to stay in touch with the donor or not.

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In many cases, the donor themselves do not choose to stay in touch with the families. But this is completely optional. Staying in touch with the donor can give access to information about their kid's genes.

The siblings

At the end of the day, Tina felt like she could not have made a better option. What fascinates her is that Tina was around a year old when both these eggs were frozen. She thinks that they could have been best friends if they were born in 1992.

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Emma is absolutely in love with her little sister and takes care of her all the time. Tina loves to see the similarities between the two. Especially when they are mad, they look the same, she confesses. We hope for the babies to grow old and appreciate what they are.