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Woman gives birth to girl born from embryo frozen in 1992

Ben Schmitt
| Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Emma Wren Gibson
Emma Wren Gibson

In another life, they could have been work colleagues or roommates.

Instead, a Tennessee woman has given birth to a healthy girl born of a frozen embryo almost as old as she is.

Emma Wren Gibson came into this world Nov. 25. She was frozen Oct. 14, 1992, and thawed by National Embryo Donation Center Lab Director Carol Sommerfelt on March 13.

Tina Gibson became pregnant with Emma as the result of a frozen embryo transfer performed by NEDC Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey Keenan on March 15, according to a press release .

“If the baby was born when it was supposed to be born, we could have been best friends,” Gibson, 26, told NBC affiliate WBIR.

“I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago,” Emma's dad, Benjamin Gibson, said in a statement.

Emma was born weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces, measuring 20 inches long.

According to research staff at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library, baby Emma now holds the all-time record for the longest-frozen embryo to come to birth, the press release said.

“The NEDC has been privileged to work with the Gibsons to help them realize their dreams of becoming parents,” Keenan said in a statement. “We hope this story is a clarion call to all couples who have embryos in long-term storage to consider this life-affirming option for their embryos.”

Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, or via Twitter at @Bencschmitt.

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