Baby Conceived In 1992, But Born In 2017. How?
Not many of us might have heard about ‘embryo adoption’. But for 26-year-old Tina Gibson and her husband, embryo adoption has probably brought them their greatest Christmas gift this year: a baby girl.
The shocking part? The baby was born from an embryo frozen 24 years ago, (24th October 1992) making it a record length between the donation of an embryo and the delivery of a child.
So what is embryo adoption? Frozen embryos or ‘snow babies’ as they are called, are embryos leftover after a couple goes through an IVF treatment which are frozen for potential later use. The embryo is then transferred to the uterus of a woman who wishes to have a child when time and the need arises.
In this case, the embryo was transferred into her mother’s uterus by the National Embryo Donation Center, an organization in Tennessee.The Center encourages couples to donate those embryos to other couples who are unable to conceive.
Tina Gibson told a leading news daily that if the baby was born when it was supposed to have been born, the two could have been best friends.
Path-breaking techniques like these are giving many struggling couples the chance to become parents. Will this technique give rise to a boom in embryo banks where couples make an embryo first then transfer it when they’re ready to be parents?
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