Last year, during a break between foster children, her father told them about something he’d heard on the news – embryo adoption, according to CNN. Gibson couldn’t get the idea out of her head. She submitted an application for the adoption in August 2016, and by spring had three embryos from the same anonymous donor transferred into her uterus.
“People say, ‘oh it’s science,’ but no I think it’s a gift from the Lord. It’s a gift from the Lord, for sure,” Tina Gibson told NBC local affiliate WBIR. The National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tennessee – the embryo adoption program that helped Gibson get pregnant – said Emma holds the record for the longest-frozen embryo to come to birth, citing research staff at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library in Knoxville.
The embryo was frozen 14 October 1992, when Gibson was about 18 months old, and was thawed on 13 March 2017, by embryology lab director Carol Sommerfelt, making it 24 years old, NEDC officials said in a news release posted to Standard Newswire Tuesday.
Surprised by the age of the thawed embryos, Gibson said in March, “Do you realise I’m only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends,” according to CNN. MIRACLE BABY: Emma Wren was born after being frozen for more than 24 years as an embryo.
Some experts say the previous record was set in 2011, when a woman in New York gave birth to a healthy boy born from a frozen embryo created 20 years earlier. Who transferred the embryos into Gibson’s uterus, said she was amazed that embryos of such an old age could result in the successful birth of a baby.
“It is deeply moving and highly rewarding to see that embryos frozen 24.5 years ago using the old, early cryopreservation techniques of slow freezing. can result in 100 percent survival of the embryos,” Sommerfelt said in the release.