USA: Twins Born from Embryos Frozen Thirty Years Ago


Twins From Frozen Embryos: Rachel and Philip Ridgeway are a happy couple in Knoxville, Tennessee as they welcomed their twins last month. Giving birth to twins is nothing new. But there is something special about these twins. They were born from those embryos which were frozen thirty years ago in 1992.

The Record made by Twins Born from Frozen Embryos:

According to CNN reported, On the 31st of October Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway were born from frozen embryos which may hold the record of being the longest frozen embryos in the history of mankind, as per the statement given by Mark Mellinger of the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC). This is a new record.

The previous record was held by Molly Everette Gibson who was born to Tina and Ben Gibson in 2020 from an embryo that was kept frozen for almost 27 years. Molly’s sister Emma was also born from a 24 years old frozen embryo.

The Story of Twins being Born from Longest Frozen Embryos:

Rachel and Philip already had 4 other children aged between two and eight but they decided to go for having more children through this technique. The embryos were actually made for some other couple in 1992. But destiny might have something else in store

As per WebMD Health News, The embryos were stored on 22nd April 1992 in tiny straws which were kept in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of almost minus 200 degrees. The device, in which embryos were kept, looked like a propane tank.

The couple for whom the embryos were actually prepared lived on West Coast. So, first of all, they were kept in a fertility lab on West Coast till 2007. But later on, the couple changed their minds and decided to donate the embryos to NEDC in Knoxville, Tennessee.

When Rachel and Philip approached the center for having a baby, they finally decided to try their luck on these frozen embryos even though the success rate was expected to remain quite low.

Lydia weighed 5 lbs. 11 oz., while Timothy weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. at the time of birth. They both were quite healthy.

Rachel and Philip are now proud parents of six children.

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