Baby girl was born from an embryo that had been frozen for 27 years

A baby broke a world record by being born from an embryo that was almost three decades old. Her parents were amazed at the news, but it was about far more than the impressive record to them. 

While Molly Gibson was born in 2020, she had been ready for her birthday since 1992. The baby girl’s embryo was frozen 27 years ago, and last year, she was adopted. Tina Gibson and Ben Gibson, Tennessee residents, were the proud parents.

Molly’s successful birth is the longest-frozen embryo to be successfully conceived. This record was first held by Molly’s sister, Emma. The sibling was also once just a frozen embryo waiting for a couple that was longing to become parents. 

A mother holds her child that was born from an embryo 27 years old. Photo: Youtube/WBIR Channel 10,| Photo: Youtube/WBIR Channel 10


After five years of infertility, Tina and Ben looked to have a baby through an alternative method. Tina was still amazed at how lucky she and Ben were when they chose to use an embryo.

The mother She was “over the moon” Additional: “I still get choked up. If you would have asked me five years ago if I would have not just one girl, but two, I would have said you were crazy.” 

Her incredible family expansion was possible because of embryo adoption. Tina’s parents spoke to her about the possibilities of adoption after hearing about it on TV. 

Ben and Tina had a simple explanation when asked why they shared their story with the media. They hope their experience will help and Help other parents who are having trouble having children. 

A baby that holds the record for the oldest successfully birthed embryo | Photo: Youtube/WBIR Channel 10

The National Embryo Donation Center is grateful to the couple. The Christian non-profit is located in Knoxville and keeps frozen embryos that were disregarded by former in vitro fertilization patients.

Tina and Ben gave birth to a child that was not genetically related to them. The donation center estimates that over one million human embryos remain unutilized in America. Many parents with fertility problems can benefit from this information. 

Photo: Youtube/WBIR Channel 10| Photo: Youtube/WBIR Channel 10


Mark Mellinger, a director for National Embryo Donation Center, shared that infertility is common. He

“We feel honored and privileged to do this work.”

They have assisted in the adoption of over 1000 embryos. Their facility is responsible for approximately 200 procedures per year. Parents have the option of closing or opening the process.

Proud parents show their baby girl who was born from frozen embryos | Photo: Youtube/WBIR Channel 10

They can communicate with the family that gave the embryo if they choose open adoption. Mellinger shared that couples can choose from hundreds of donor profiles that indicate various factors such as demographic history.

Tina and Ben had no concern about the appearance of their child. The mother : “My husband and I are smaller people, and so we went through and narrowed it down by height and weight and looked for something similar to ours.” 

Photo: Youtube/WBIR Channel 10| Photo: Youtube/WBIR Channel 10

Molly, who is a genetic sibling, was frozen with Emma in 1992. Emma was born in 1992 after being frozen for 24 years, which is a record. Molly then overtook Emma in 2020.

Today, the little girls live together and their parents are grateful and happier than ever. Tina is the one who keeps their parents up at night. It was “the best kind of exhausted,”It’s something she would not trade for anything. 


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