A couple from Oregon welcomed twins from embryos that were frozen 30 years ago. Some experts believe these may be the longest-frozen embryos that have resulted in a live birth.
Twins Lydia and Timothy were born on October 31, the son of Philip and Rachel Ridgeway, from embryos that were frozen on April 22, 1992.
“It is a huge blessing,” Rachel Ridgeway said TODAY.
Embryo donation involves taking embryos from one person and transferring them to another person. Sometimes the embryos are frozen so that they are preserved and used later, a process called “freezing embryos” or “cryopreservation.” According to the Cleveland Clinic, the live birth rate per transfer for frozen embryos is 49 percent, according to national data from 2016.
The Ridgeways, which four other children share ages 8, 6, 3, and 1, may have broken a record.
Back in 2020, the couple Tina and Ben Gibson from Tennessee welcomed their daughter Molly from a 27-year-old donated embryo, supported by the National Embryo Donation Center. Molly’s sister Emma was born in 2017 from a 24-year-old frozen embryo.
Baby wurde aus einem rekordverdächtigen 27-jährigen gefrorenen Embryo geboren
The age of the embryos didn’t discourage the Ridgeways.
“We really wanted to find the embryos that waited the longest and that were overlooked multiple times,” said Rachel Ridgeway. She says they wanted to know: “Who needs to be selected?
Philip Ridgeway thought about the date their children’s embryos were frozen and said he was “five years old when God brought those embryos to life.” His wife was 3 years old.
“It is simply overwhelming to believe that God breathed life into these children at this time, in another place,” he added.
Rachel Ridgeway said, “It’s amazing to know that they were created back then and waited so long for us to be able to educate them.”
The couple told their other children how their siblings were conceived.
“We’ve discussed the entire process with them very openly and openly,” said Philip Ridgeway, adding, “They’ve encouraged us and prayed with us and they’re excited and looking forward to meeting them.”