Molly’s birth presumably set a new record – previously held by her older sister, Emma – for the longest-frozen embryo known to have been born. It’s not like the records count as Gibson’s.
“Emma and I were just beaten enough to have a baby,” Tina Gibson told CNN on Tuesday. “Molly and I are the same. It’s just really funny – here we go again with another world record.”
Use of older embryos
Before Emma and then Molly set records, they knew little about the viability of older embryos. And when she learned that Emma’s embryo had frozen for so long, Gibson feared that age would reduce her chances of getting pregnant.
However, Dr. James Keenan, president and medical director of the center, assured that age is unlikely to affect outcome. According to him, the birth of both Emma and Molly proves that embryos should not be discarded because they are “old.”
“This definitely reflects the technology used for years and its ability to preserve embryos for later use indefinitely,” Carol Sommerfelt, the center’s laboratory director and embryologist, said in a statement.
There are still questions about age differences in the successful birth of the embryo, but the center says the birth of Gibson girls is both a positive example of the use of older embryos.
Molly’s birth was a bright spot at the time of the pandemic
The second embryo, adopted by the Gibson, was only thawed and only transferred to Gibson’s uterus until February. Gibson said he found out a few days before she was pregnant with Molly before Covid-19 was declared a pandemic.
“It definitely caused a little spark of joy by 2020,” he said.
Born in late October, 6 pounds, 13 ounces of Molly illuminated the world of her family. And although he and his sister have medical miracles, Gibson says the thing is still most surprising to both of them.
“My husband and I talk about it every day,” she said. “We’re always like,‘ Can you believe we don’t have one little girl but two little girls? Can you believe we are the parents of several children? ”
“You might think I just got used to it during my pregnancy, but I’m still completely thrilled that they are ours,” she said.