In Tennessee, United States, a couple gives birth to Twins from preserved embryos thirty years ago.
The BBC stated that the embryos were stored 30 years ago, frozen at approximately -128C (-200F) in liquid nitrogen on April 22, 1992.
Philip Ridgeway, the father of the twins, described the incident as “mind-boggling” when Rachel Ridgeway, now a mother of six, gave birth to the twins on October 31.
Oregon’s Ridgeway family gave their twins Lydia Ann and Timothy Ronald Ridgeway. The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), a private organization facilitating more than 1,200 births from donated embryos, feels that Lydia and Timothy have established a new record.
The former record holder is equally astonishing. Molly Gibson, born in 2020, was an embryo kept and frozen for 27 years.
According to the medical practitioner who transferred the embryo to Dr. John David Gordon, these twins should serve as an example for those skeptical of adopting frozen embryos.
“The choice… to adopt these embryos should reassure patients who question if anybody will adopt embryos they made 5, 10, or 20 years ago,” he was cited as saying by the BBC.
This is a resounding affirmative!
The NEDC hoped this would “urge others to personally experience the benefits of embryo adoption.”
Using in vitro fertilization, twin embryos were created for a married couple thirty years ago (IVF). Later in 2007, the couple decided to donate embryos to a religious organization.
The man was in his 50s when the embryos were generated, and they were housed in a reproductive lab on the west coast of the United States.
When the twins arrived at the NEDC in Knoxville, Tennessee to be used by another couple, they were kept secure.
Experts from NEDC and partner clinic Southeastern Fertility transplanted the twins to Mrs. Ridgeway’s uterus earlier this year.
Prior to having the twins, the Ridgeways had four children. Other youngsters range in age from one to eight. This is the first time the couple has used IVF and donor sperm.
CNN’s Philip Ridgeway stated, “I was five years old when God gave Lydia and Timothy life, and he has preserved that life ever since.”
Even though they are our youngest children, they are in a sense, our eldest.
He noted, “There is something mind-boggling about it.”