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Twins born to American couples from frozen embryos 30 years ago

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Lydia Ridgeway and Timothy Ridgeway, twin babies born on October 31, 2022, were frozen as embryos nearly 30 years ago in 1992. Image: thegospelcoalition.org

Breaking a previous world record, a couple from the US state of Oregon recently welcomed twin babies, who were frozen as embryos nearly 30 years ago in 1992. As informed by the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), the twin babies were born a couple of weeks on October 31, 2022 to Rachel Ridgeway and Philip Ridgeway and are in fairly good health. Notably, this record was previously held by Molly Gibson who was born in 2020 from a 27-year-old embryo.

Meanwhile, the twins who have been dubbed the “oldest babies” in the world were born from frozen embryos on April 22, 1992. According to additional details provided by the center, the twins were named Lydia Ridgeway and Timothy Ridgeway. . While the baby girl, Lydia, was born at 5 pounds and 11 ounces, the baby boy, Timothy Ridgeway was born at 6 pounds and 7 ounces.

Photos of the babies have also been widely shared on social media and caught the attention of many.

Many flooded the comments section with posts and shared their reactions. One user wrote: “Wouldn’t they look like the donor? To me they looked like the mother who gave birth to them,” while another person asked a question asking, “I thought they were just a bunch of cells. How could they be born?

How were the embryos stored?

According to available details, in 1992 the embryos of the twin babies were created by an unknown married couple using an in vitro fertilization process. At the time, when the man was in his early 50s, the egg donor was around 34 years old.

After being stored for nearly 3 decades in liquid nitrogen at 200° below zero during which the embryos were transferred from a fertility lab to the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Ridgeway couple decided to use them and Lydia and Timothy were born. .

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