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Parents Welcome Twins Born From Embryos Frozen 30 Years Ago | "There Is Something Mind-Boggling About It"
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Parents Welcome Twins Born From Embryos Frozen 30 Years Ago | "There Is Something Mind-Boggling About It"

Phillip Ridgeway and his wife Rachel became parents to Lydia and Timothy on October 31 via embryos donated anonymously by a couple.

Cover Image Source: Instagram/National Embryo Donation Center
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A couple in Knoxville, Tennessee, Rachel Ridgeway, and her husband, Philip Ridgeway, have welcomed twins from embryos that were reportedly frozen for 30 years. These may be the longest-frozen embryos that resulted in a successful pregnancy and live birth, reports CNN. According to the outlet, Rachel gave birth to the twins on October 31, 2022. "There is something mind-boggling about it. In a sense, they're our oldest children, even though they're our smallest children," said Ridgeway. The couple is also parents to four other children between the ages of 8 and two but none of them were conceived via IVF or donors.

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The embryos originally came from a West Coast fertility facility and were developed for an anonymous married couple using in-vitro fertilization of the husband's sperm and a 34-year-old anonymous donor’s eggs. The embryos—which were frozen on April 22, 1992—sat in storage at the West Coast lab until 2007, when the anonymous couple donated them to the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC).