The children’s mother is only three years older than the date the embryos were frozen.
The brothers born last month in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, could come from embryos frozen for a longer time since assisted fertilization techniques began to be used.
When Rachel Ridgeway gave birth on October 31, her healthy twins came from embryos donated 30 years agoaccording to CNN.
“It’s kind of amazing,” her husband, Philip Ridgeway, told the outlet. “In a sense, they are our oldest children, even though they are our youngest children.” The Ridgeways have four other children, ages 8, 6, 3 and nearly 2, but none were conceived via IVF or donors.
The embryos originally belonged to an anonymous couple at a West Coast fertility center, using the husband’s sperm and eggs from a 34-year-old donor. The couple later donated the embryos to the National Embryo Donation Center, according to CNN.
The mother is only three years older than the embryos.
The babies’ biological mother was a 34-year-old egg donor and their father was 50 when they were conceived.
As explained by the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), other embryos that would be siblings of the current ones were allegedly implanted at some point in the woman.
The medical center indicated that this birth represents a record according to what has been registered so far.
The babies waited 15 years at a West Coast fertility clinic and then spent 15 years in the Southeastern Fertility lab.
Molly Gibson, born in 2020 from an embryo that had been frozen for almost 27 years, was the oldest case successfully used in the past.
Little Molly Everette Gibson was born in October 2020 from an embryo that was frozen for 28 years. The event took place in Tennessee, United States, two years ago.
Tina, an elementary school teacher, and her husband, a cybersecurity expert, had been attempting a natural pregnancy for five years. Desperate, and as a last resort, they decided to go to the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), a non-profit organization based in Knoxville.
In principle, families interested in this treatment based on the donation of unused embryos can opt for an adoption in which they establish contact with the biological parents or not. Once the decision is made, the process begins.