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International News: Twins born from embryos frozen 30 years ago in the U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2022. 1:28 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Twin babies have been born in the United States from embryos frozen over 30 years ago, BBC reports.

This is a new record for the longest-frozen embryos ever to result in a successful live birth.

The embryos were stored at around -128C (-200F) in liquid nitrogen on 22 April 1992.

On October 31, Rachel Ridgeway gave birth to the twins.

The twins, Lydia Ann and Timothy Ronald Ridgeway likely set a new record, the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) said.

Dr. John Gordon performed the embryo transfer.

 “The decision… to adopt these embryos should reassure patients who wonder if anyone would be willing to adopt the embryos that they created 5, 10, 20 years ago,” Dr. Gordon said.

“That answer is a resounding yes!”

The embryos were kept in storage at a fertility lab on the US west coast until 2007 when the couple donated them to the NEDC in Knoxville, Tennessee for another couple to use them instead.


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