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Published On: Wed, Dec 20th, 2017

Woman gives birth to baby who spent 24 years as a frozen embryo

Baby Emma Gibson, born in November, grew from an embryo that was originally frozen on 14 October 1992 18 months before her mother was born

A 26-year-old American woman has given birth to a baby who spent 24 years as a frozen embryo, in what could be a record length between the donating of an embryo and the delivery of a child.

Tina Gibson, of east Tennessee, was 25 when she gave birth to Emma Gibson in November. Emma grew from an embryo that was originally frozen on 14 October 1992, around 18 months before her mother was born.

If the baby was born when it was supposed to born, we could have been best friends, Tina Gibson told NBC News.

Emma Gibson was transferred into her mothers uterus by the National Embryo Donation Center, a faith-based organization in Tennessee.

Were just so thankful and blessed. Shes a precious Christmas gift from the lord, Gibson said, according to CNN. Were just so grateful.

Frozen embryos are sometimes known as snow babies. After a couple goes through IVF treatment there are sometimes leftover embryos, which are frozen for potential later use.

The National Embryo Donation Center encourages people to donate those embryos to other couples who are unable to conceive. The organizations website says it believes that life begins at conception and states: Christian faith is the overriding principle upon which we operate. It only donates embryos to a man and a woman, who must have been married for at least three years.

The NEDCs Dr Jeffrey Keenan oversaw the embryo transfer. He said it was impossible to be sure whether Emma Gibson had set a record in the process of being born, but it was likely.

We had our medical library, which is very good at finding things, look to see if they could find anything older than that and they could not, Keenan told NBC News.

But it is kind of neat that this embryo was conceived just a year or so before the mother was.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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Woman gives birth to baby who spent 24 years as a frozen embryo