possibly the longest gap between conception and birth since IVF began- a baby has been born from and embryo frozen for nearly 25 years.
A US family donated the embryo and has become the first child for a woman who would herself have been only one when the baby was conceived.
The donated embryo that would become Emma Wren Gibson, a healthy baby girl, was thawed in March and transferred to mum Tina Gibson’s uterus.
Emma was born in November.
“Do you realize I’m only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends,” Mrs. Gibson, now 26, of eastern Tennessee told CNN.
“I just wanted a baby. I don’t care if it’s a world record or not,” she added.
The embryo was provided by the fertilized National Embryo Donation Center, because of how long the doctors keep the embryos frozen they refer to as “snow babies”.
The organization encourages couples who do not want additional children to donate unneeded embryos after their families are complete, so that other couples can try to become parents.
Tina and Benjamin Gibson turned to the National Embryo Donation Center after Mr. Gibson, who has cystic fibrosis, was found to have fertility issues.
Emma was conceived in October 1992- a year and half after her mum’s own birth.
The embryo is believed to have been cryopreserved for longer than any other viable human embryo, for 24 years.
“Emma is such a sweet miracle,” Mr. Gibson said.
“I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”