A 26-year-old women has given birth to a baby that grew from an embryo frozen 24 years ago.
Tina Gibson, from east Tennessee, gave birth to Emma Gibson in November when she was 25.
Emma grew from an embryo that was originally frozen on October 14, 1992.
The embryo was transferred to her mother’s uterus by the National Embryo Donation Center.
Ms Gibson told NBC News: ‘If the baby was born when it was supposed to born, we could have been best friends.’
‘We’re just so thankful and blessed. She’s a precious Christmas gift from the lord. We’re just so grateful.’
The National Embryo Donation Center, a faith-based organisation, urges people to donate embryos to other couples who are unable to conceive.
The organization believes that life begins at conception and on their website, they state: ‘Christian faith is the overriding principle upon which we operate.’
Embryos are only donated to a man and a woman, who have been married for at least three years.
Ms Gibson’s case is believed to have set a record for the longest length between the donating of an embryo and the delivery of a child.
Dr Jeffery Keenan, from the NEDC, told NBC: ‘We had our medical library, which is very good at finding things, look to see if they could find anything older than that and they could not.
‘But it is kind of neat that this embryo was conceived just a year or so before the mother was.’
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