In Tennessee (USA), an unusual world record was set: the birth of a healthy baby after the longest embryo storage in a cryobank in history.
And when we say the longest, we don’t mean a decade.
It is about 25 years!
This is reported by CNN.
Tina Gibson, 25, was carrying a child after in vitro fertilization. Her husband struggles with infertility.
The couple learned about the possibility of transferring frozen embryos one day.
On October 14, 1992, an embryo from an anonymous donor was chosen and placed in a cryobank after a series of tests.
Tina gave birth to Emma, a healthy three-kilogram girl, in November.
The birth lasted approximately 20 hours.
“I, too, am 25 years old. We could have been best friends if things had gone differently,” Gibson said. “I don’t care about the record right now; all I wanted was a baby.”
The probability of survival of an implanted frozen embryo is 25-30%, said the laboratory of embryology of the National Center for Embryo Protection. In the case of the Gibsons, the first attempt was successful.
American IVF companies are not required to report the age of the embryo, but scientists have no doubt that this case is unique.