BABY GIRL BORN FROM RECORD-SETTING 27-YEAR-OLD EMBRYO
Baby Molly’s embryo was frozen in October 1992 and stayed that way until February 2020 when Tina and Ben Gibson of Tennessee adobted it.
When Molly Gibson was born in October of this year, it was 27 years in the making.
Molly is believed to have set a new record for the longest-frozen embryo to have resulted in a birth, breaking a record set by her older sister, Emma.
Ms Gibson, an elementary school teacher and her husband, a 36-year-old cyber security analyst, connected with the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), a Christian non-profit in Knoxville that stores frozen embryos that in vitro fertilization patients decided not to use and chose to donate instead.
Families like the Gibsons can then adopt one of the unused embryos and give birth to a child that is not genetically related to them.
There are an estimated one million frozen human embryos stored in the US right now, according to the NEDC.
Mark Mellinger, the NEDC’s marketing and development director, said that experience with infertility is common among families who seek embryo donations.