Majority of women have children between the ages of 20 and 35. However, for one new mom in Tennessee, the age gap between her and her daughter is a mere 18 months.
26-year-old Tina Gibson and her 33-year-old husband, Benjamin, were unable to conceive naturally. This was because Benjamin has cystic fibrosis, so they decided to adopt a frozen embryo from the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. This involves the implantation of an already fertilized egg into a woman’s uterus.
People who chose to adopt embryos have countless options to chose from which will enable them to determine a number of their child’s features – including their race, height and the educational background of their donor parents.
Parents of frozen embryos are not told how long their future child has been frozen for, so Tina and Benjamin had no idea that their embryo had been frozen on October 14, 1992. That meant that their child had been conceived just 18 months after Tina.
Speaking to Daily Mail:
Tina admits that she was taken aback when, on the morning of the transfer, she found out how long the embryo had been frozen.
‘Honestly my I was just really worried that it wouldn’t work,’ Tina said. ‘I was like “I don’t want a world record, I want a baby!” But Ben was completely intrigued by it.
‘Then later it hit me when they were about to do the transfer. I said, “you know, I’m just 25… me and her, we could’ve been best friends.”‘
In March of this year, the embryo was successfully defrosted, and Tina was impregnated at the The National Embryo Donation Center.Tina gave birth to her daughter, who she named Emma Wren Gibson, on November 25, 2017. Emma’s birth was record-breaking as 24 years is the longest period of time that an embryo has been frozen for and successfully resulted in a baby.