Twins born from embryos frozen 30 years ago

Three decades’ worth of frozen embryos were successfully defrosted, transferred, and then delivered. Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway were born thanks in part to the National Embryo Donation Center. The twins broke the previous record for the longest-frozen embryos to successfully give birth to a live child. Knox County road work is made possible by the growth of the population. “Having them has been a joy for us, for their siblings, and even just watching how their older siblings interact with them. When Philip and his wife, Rachel Ridgeway, talked about having more children, they said they knew they wanted to take part in an embryo adoption program. We desired the ability to search for embryos that had been abandoned for reasons beyond their control and that had been patiently awaiting a mother and a father. They requested specifically the embryos that have been on hold the longest. They felt specifically compelled to declare that they wanted the embryos that everyone else had passed on. Between 1.5 and 3 million frozen embryos are currently waiting to be thawed and transferred nationwide, Dr. Gordon added. Some never get used. Some people are offered for adoption. According to Gordon, “embryos that were previously produced through in vitro fertilization are essentially put up for adoption by other couples.” Since the embryos from the Ridgeway were frozen so long ago—almost 30 years ago—they were done so using a technique called slow freezing. Their lab was successful in defrosting them. Few people can claim that you broke a world record. I feel privileged to be here, take part in it, and assist the Ridgeways in growing their family.

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