In April 1992, an unnamed couple froze their embryos after undergoing in vitro fertilization in the United States. Preserved in liquid nitrogen at -200°C, the samples were donated in 2017 to the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. The goal ? Offer the possibility to other couples to conceive a baby. Thirty years later, this nice gesture allowed Philip and Rachel Ridgeway to become parents again. On October 31, 2022, the two Americans welcomed their twins baptized Lydia and Timothy. “I was 5 years old when God gave life to Lydia and Timothy,” the dad told CNN.

During their research, Rachel and Philip focused on the abandoned embryos. Those for which it is generally difficult to find recipients. They then accessed a database of donor characteristics such as ethnicity, age, height, weight, medical history, education, occupation, favorite movies and favorite style of music. Decided, the couple thawed five embryos. Unfortunately, only three of them were viable. Shortly after the transfer, in March 2022, one of the embryos did not survive the transplant.

Thousands of babies born via embryo donation

Rachel and Philip were able to expand their family by following strict rules. And for good reason, the National Embryo Donation Center ensures that the future parents have been married for at least three years. Since the organization was created, more than 1,260 babies have been born thanks to donations. A happiness that the couple savors, already a parent of four other children aged 2, 3, 6 and 8 years old. “In a sense, they are our oldest children even though they are our youngest. We weren’t looking to get the longest frozen embryos in the world. We just wanted the ones that had been waiting the longest.” clarified the father.

Thirty years after the freezing of 8217 embryos a couple welcomes twins

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