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Friday, December 4, 2020

Newborn starts life by setting a record

GibsonsA baby was born from an embryo that had been frozen for 27 years, setting a record. Tina and Ben Gibson were unable to have children, but thanks to medical science, they now have two children.

Molly Everette Gibson, the newest addition to the family, was born on October 26. Molly's sister, Emma, was born in 2017 from an embryo that had been frozen for 24 years. Molly's embryo goes all the way back to 1992 and had been frozen for 27 years, which is a new known record for the longest-frozen embryo to ever come to birth—in the world. 

Molly and Emma are actually siblings and their embryos were frozen together. 

The process is called embryo adoption although Dr. Jeffrey Keenan stated, “[l]egally, this is not an ‘adoption’ like it is a newborn, but there are lots of good reasons to use that terminology.”

Dr. Keenan stated that there are embryos that have been frozen for even longer than 27 years, but have not yet been transferred. Dr. Keenan stated, “[a]ll we can say for sure is 27 years, but we’re pretty confident that they can be frozen a great, great deal longer than that,”

See Wyatt Grantham-Phillips, USA Today, December, 3, 2020. 


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