Woman Gives Birth to Child Who Is Only a Year Younger Than She Is
Tina Gibson gave birth to a daughter named Emma last month. The mother was 25 years old at the time. Her daughter was 24. How is this possible?
Tina and her husband Benjamin married seven years ago, but the couple assumed they could not have biological children because Benjamin has cystic fibrosis, which often results in infertility. They fostered a few children until Tina’s father suggested embryo adoption.
This is the process by which couples who use in vitro fertilization (IVF) donate unused frozen embryos to other couples. The Wrens went to the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, where they received a donated embryo. It turns out, that embryo had been created through IVF and frozen twenty-four years earlier.
Tina gave birth to the baby she received. She told reporters, “This embryo and I could have been best friends.” As it is, they are now mother and daughter.