Newborn Baby Is Already 27 Years Old

By Dave Basner

December 1, 2020

On October 26, Molly Everette Gibson was born and at that very moment, she also made her way into the history books. While Molly's birth was uneventful - she weighed in at six pounds, 13 ounces - it's what happened before then that makes her special. Molly came from an embryo that spent more than 27 years frozen before being transferred to her mom, Tina's, uterus on February 10. That means Molly is from the embryo that spent more time in frozen preservation than any other that has come to birth.

The previous record was 24 years and that one is actually held by Molly's sister, Emma, who was born in 2017, but before then had been frozen alongside her sister's embryo.

Embryologist Carol Somerfelt, Director of the National Embryo Donation Center lab, handled both of the embryo transfers and spoke about how pleased she was at the success of them saying, "When Tina and Ben returned for their sibling transfer, I was thrilled that the remaining two embryos from the donor that resulted in Emma Wren’s birth survived the thaw and developed into two very good quality embryos for their transfer. This definitely reflects on the technology used all those years ago and its ability to preserve the embryos for future use under an indefinite time frame."

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