Once again, science has gone too far. Well, not really, but it’s still wild. The longest known frozen human embryo to result in a successful birth was born last month in Tennessee, and said embryo was literally 25 years old.
Emma Wren Gibson was born on November 25 to parents Tina and Benjamin Gibson, and came from an embryo which was originally frozen on October 14, 1992. Considering the fact that Tina herself is only 26 herself, that is quite insane.
MIRACLE BABY: Emma Wren was born after being frozen for more than 24 years as an embryo. Her mother says she’s a miracle and will have quite the story to tell someday. @wbir READ: https://t.co/iSAw1Yk1jQ pic.twitter.com/k6TFCqLJNg
— Madison Wade (@madisoncwade) December 19, 2017
“Do you realise I’m only 25? This embryo and I could have been best friends,” Tina Gibson said to the doctor when the embryo was originally extracted at the National Embryo Donation Centre.
Previously, the oldest embryo which resulted in a successful birth was 20 years old. It’s actually entirely feasible that an even older embryo might have feasibly resulted in a successful birth, because doctors aren’t actually required to record the age of the embryo, just whether or not it resulted in a successful birth. But you’d reckon if an embryo was more than 25 years old you might write that shit down.
“I just wanted a baby,” Tina told CNN. “I don’t care if it’s a world record or not.”
The Gibsons decided to pursue this kind of birth as Benjamin has cystic fibrosis, rendering him infertile.
And here’s the baby. The time travel baby. I know that’s not accurate, but I’m going to say it anyway, because it’s the future and I’m allowed to do so.