- Sam Cabral
- BBC News
Twins were born in Tennessee, US, after their embryos were frozen for 30 years.
It is believed that this is the longest period of freezing of embryos that results in the birth of a normal child. The embryos had been preserved in liquid nitrogen since April 22, 1992.
Mother of four, Rachel Regway, gave birth to the twins on October 31. The father, Philip Regoy, said it was baffling.
Lydia Ann and Timothy Ronald Ridgway set a new precedent, according to the National Embryo Donation Center, a private organization that says it has helped deliver more than 1,200 babies from embryos donated by parents.
And in 2020, a child was born from an embryo that had been frozen for nearly 27 years.
John David Gordon, who performed the embryo transfer, said: “The decision … to adopt the twins should reassure those who wonder if someone will adopt embryos conceived 5, 10 or 20 years ago.”
The two fetuses belong to a husband and wife, whose identities were not announced, who used artificial fertilization, and the man was fifty and the woman with the egg was thirty-four.
He kept the two embryos in a fertilization laboratory until 2007, when the couple donated them to another couple.
Embryologists from the National Embryo Donation Association transferred the embryos into the uterus of the host mother earlier this year.
The association said in a statement that it hoped this news would encourage others to adopt embryos.
“I was five when God gave life to Lydia and Timothy, and he has kept them from that moment until now,” the husband, Regway, told CNN.