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Woman, 26, delivers baby who was a frozen embryo 24 YEARS

  • Emma Wren, born on November 25 this year, was conceived in 1992
  • The embryo was cryopreserved until earlier this year, when it was implanted into the uterus of Tina Gibson, 26 

A 26-year-old woman has given birth to a baby girl who came from the longest-ever frozen embryo. 

Tina Gibson’s daughter Emma Wren was conceived 24 years ago, just 18 months after her adoptive mother. 

Earlier this year, the frozen embryo was donated to Tina and her husband Benjamin, and was successfully brought to term on November 25.

The couple from East Tennessee said they wept when they found out they could adopt an embryo after years of trying and failing to conceive.

‘Emma is such a sweet miracle,’ Benjamin told Wish TV. ‘I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.’ 

Emma Wren Gibson, born in East Tennessee on November 25, came from the longest-ever frozen embryo. She was conceived 24 years ago, just 18 months after her mother Tina

The couple adopted their embryo through the National Embryo Donation Center in Tennessee, which has been part of 700 pregnancies since 2003. 

‘It is deeply moving and highly rewarding to see that embryos frozen 24-and-a-half years ago using the old, early cryopreservation techniques of slow freezing on day one of development at the pronuclear stage can result in 100 percent survival of the embryos with a 100 percent continued proper development to the day three embryo stage,’ said lab director Carol Sommerfelt said.

‘I will always remember what the Gibsons said when presented with the picture of their embryos at the time of transfer: “These embryos could have been my best friends,” as Tina herself was only 25 at the time of transfer.’ 

Around 700,000 to over 1,000,000 human embryos are currently stored in the US.