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It was recently revealed that on October 31 Rachel Ridgeway, from Portland, Oregon, gave birth to the ‘older’ babies of the world, because they were frozen like embryos for about 30 years.
almost 30 years ago, Lydia Ann and Timothy Ronald They were conceived at a fertility clinic. Hours later, they were frozen.
According to the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC), Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway were born from what could be the longer lasting frozen embryos that have resulted in a live birth.
“It’s about a new record transfer of the longest frozen embryo that has resulted in a birth,” said Mark Mellinger, director of marketing and development at NEDC.
The previous two records were also set by the NEDC, which facilitated the transfer of a embryo of 24 years and after another of 27 to another adoptive mother in the last five years.
These babies are created through the process of IVF, when an egg from the mother and sperm from the father join outside the womb. The fertilized egg begins to divideis cultured for two to five days and then transferred to the mother’s uterus.
The history of frozen embryos
According to NEDC data, the embryos were created for a marriage anonymous by in vitro fertilization. Her husband was in his 50s and they used a 34-year-old egg donor. They froze on April 22, 1992
during about 30 years remained stored in liquid nitrogen at almost 200 degrees below zero, to keep them frozen so that they could be used years later.
Timothy and Lydia spent 15 years waiting at a fertility clinic from the West Coast, and then another 15 stored in the laboratory of Southeastern Fertility, the medical clinic associated with NEDC.
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