The science of medicine has come a long way and now things like this can happen
Tina Gibson was unable to have children of her own due to illness, so after many uncertainties she decided to undergo in vitro fertilization. The donated embryo waited 24 years to be implanted and Tina then gave birth to the baby who was conceived with a difference with his mother of only 18 months. This fact is revealing to science and experts suggest that the lifespan of a frozen embryo could be infinite.
According to Mail Online, the embryo implanted in Tina is the frozen embryo that has survived the longest over the years, according to experts. Tina Gibson’s baby, Emma Wren, was conceived and fertilized 24 years ago in 1992, but the embryo froze rather than implanted. Now the miracle of life and the advancement of science have done their thing.
Tina could not get pregnant because she suffered from a disease called cystic fibrosis, so after many discussions and discussions they decided that the best thing would be to undergo in vitro fertilization treatment. For this they used a frozen embryo. That baby was waiting 24 years until he could be born to life itself. Thus, Tina gave birth to a healthy baby girl whom she named Emma, after a quiet 40-week pregnancy and a perfectly normal delivery.
“I don’t want a world record, I want a baby”
The age of the embryo worried Tina a bit. She feared that the embryo would no longer serve or that the implantation would not be successful. “Honestly, I was very worried that it wouldn’t work,” Tina said. “I didn’t want a world record, I wanted a baby!” She said. But her husband, Ben, was completely intrigued by it, so they decided to give it a try.
The short gestation difference between Tina and the baby she was carrying made a lot of things go to her mind: “Then I realized when they were about to make the transfer. I said, “You know, I’m only 25, me and her, we could have been best friends.” Tina learned the same morning as the embryo implantation about how long it had been frozen. She admitted to being completely surprised, but then that surprise was a beautiful miracle.
Tina couldn’t waste time
Tina and Ben were married young. The sad reality behind it is that they really didn’t have much time to waste. The young woman suffers from cystic fibrosis, a fatal disease with a life expectancy of 30, and they did not want to waste time. They loved each other too much to think about the sadness of the situation, so they decided to live life to the fullest.
For this reason, they got married and decided to have a child as soon as possible, so that they could experience that beautiful sensation before the disease ravages Tina’s body.
In May of last year, Tina’s father came home with something new: He had just found out about embryo adoption in a news report, and that meant they could adopt and have the pregnancy experience. “Ben and I knew from the time we started dating that if we were ever going to start a family, we couldn’t have our own children. We had made peace with it, we were happy and excited about adopting a child, “he said. However, they weren’t entirely convinced about adopting an embryo.
Months passed and both Ben and Tina were secretly thinking about the possibility of adopting a frozen embryo and fantasizing about being parents. She had formed the idea that she would never conceive, so the very idea of carrying a baby in her womb stimulated and encouraged her. Thus, they made up their minds and the process began.
The miracle of life, the miracle of science
According to CNN, Carol Sommerfelt, director of the embryology laboratory at the National Embryo Donation Center, said the birth is “quite exciting considering how long the embryo was frozen.” Previously, the oldest known frozen embryo to successfully birth was 20 years old.
“It is deeply moving and highly rewarding to see that embryos frozen 24 years ago and using ancient slow freeze early cryopreservation techniques, on the first day of development in the pronuclear stage, can result in 100 percent survival of the embryos, with 100% continuous development until the embryo stage of day three, ”said Sommerfelt.
Emma and Ben assured that when their daughter is old enough to understand it, they will tell her this story. Without a doubt, it is a story that your daughter will want to hear over and over again, as it seems to come out of a science fiction story. But Emma is real, and so is her parents’ love.
The disease that prevented her from conceiving
This whole story with a happy and amazing ending came as a result of Tina’s health problem. She decided that cystic fibrosis would not throw her whole life and her hope over the edge and decided to take charge of the matter, face the situation and do things in the best possible way.
According to the United States National Library of Medicine, cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. It is hereditary and is caused by a gene, and even if they carry it, many people do not have any symptoms.
Cystic fibrosis symptoms
Symptoms in children and newborns include:
Abdominal pain from severe constipation
Increased gas, or an abdomen that appears bloated
Nausea and loss of appetite
Pale, floating stools
Coughing or increased mucus in the sinuses or lungs
Nasal congestion caused by nasal polyps.
Recurrent episodes of pneumonia
Sinus pain or pressure caused by infection or polyps
Symptoms that may be noticed later in life are:
Sterility (in men)
Repetitive inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
Over time, people who suffer from this disease deteriorate and life expectancy is, on average, about 37 years of life. Most of the time, death occurs from failure of the lungs.
Any of the symptoms mentioned deserve prompt medical attention, as the disease is fatal. With a correct treatment it can be traveled in a better way. Early diagnosis can greatly improve the quality of life for someone with cystic fibrosis. Contacting support groups and psychological help is also recommended for patients with this disease.
Life first of all
Those who suffer from terminal illnesses and know their prognosis for life may begin to suffer severe and deep depression, thinking about how little they can enjoy. However, on the opposite side of the road, there are those people who choose to live life to the fullest, as was the case with Tina who, even knowing that close to 30 years of age has a high chance of dying, decided to face the situation with the best thing in life: love, children and family. Worthy example to imitate and follow.