An East Tennessee woman has delivered a miracle baby. Baby Emma was the longest-frozen embryo to successfully come to birth, according to the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library. The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) says the infant girl was born Nov. 25 to Benjamin and Tina Gibson. She weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and measured 20 inches long.
The NEDC says Emma Wren was cryopreserved in 1992 before being transferred to Tina’s uterus earlier this year through frozen embryo transfer. Emma was conceived around one and a half years after Tina, who is 26, was born. “Emma is such a sweet miracle,” said father Benjamin. “I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”
NEDC Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey Kennan hopes the story will lead to more couples who have embryos in long-term storage to consider donation to help more families. The center’s embryo adoption program has led to around 700 pregnancies. The center works to protect the lives of frozen embryos.