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Molly Everette Gibson Biography
A Tennessee girl has made history after being born from an embryo that was frozen 27 years ago.
Molly Everette Gibson was born on October 26 to her mother Tina Gibson, who was just one year old when her daughter’s embryo was frozen in 1992.
The embryo was thawed in February and transferred to its mother’s uterus, marking the longest recorded time an embryo has frozen before a successful delivery.
In a first taste of sibling rivalry, Molly broke her own sister’s existing record after the birth of Emma Wren Gibson in 2017, 24 years after her embryo was frozen.
Tennessee baby Molly Everette Gibson has made history after being born from an embryo that was frozen 27 years ago. In the photo, Molly photographed by Haleigh Crabtree Photography +3
Tennessee baby Molly Everette Gibson has made history after being born from an embryo that was frozen 27 years ago. In the photo, Molly photographed by Haleigh Crabtree Photography
Molly came into the world at a healthy 6 pounds, 13 ounces in October to join Mom Tina, Dad Ben, and Sister Emma.
Her embryo had been frozen on October 14, 1992, before being thawed by laboratory director and embryologist at the National Embryo Donation Center Carol Sommerfelt on February 10 of this year.
Then NEDC President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeffrey Keenan implanted his embryo in Tina’s uterus two days later, on February 12.
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Molly grew up to term and was born on October 26, becoming the latest addition to the Gibson clan.
Until Molly’s birth, her three-year-old sister Emma held the previous record for the longest frozen human embryo that resulted in a successful birth.
Emma’s embryo froze on the same day as her sister’s in 1992, about a year and a half after Tina was born, making the two girls full genetic sisters.
Her embryo was thawed on March 13, 2017, and transferred to Tina’s uterus two days later.
Molly beat her own sister’s existing record after Emma Wren Gibson was born in 2017, 24 years after her embryo was frozen.
Emma was born on November 25 of that year weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces.
The Gibsons told ABC News at the time that they weren’t sure about embryo donation when Tina’s father first suggested them as an option.
The couple said that, after a while, they came up with the idea and visited the National Embryo Donation Center in Tennessee.
They examined profiles of a potential donor page before selecting their preferred option.
Sommerfelt said the fact that the two sisters were born successfully shows the advancement of technology, Good Morning America reported Monday.
“ When Tina and Ben returned for their brother’s transfer, I was thrilled that the two remaining embryos from the donor that resulted in the birth of Emma Wren survived the thaw and became two very good quality embryos for transfer. ” Sommerfelt said.
“This is definitely reflected in the technology used so many years ago and its ability to preserve embryos for future use in an indefinite time frame.”
The NEDC was established in 2003 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is one of the leaders in embryo donation programs.