Tennessee twins were born from frozen embryos in 1992. “I was 5 when God gave birth to twins,” comments the new dad.
Couples who have difficulty conceiving naturally often turn to procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), in which the male sperm and female egg are fertilized in a laboratory to improve the chances of a successful outcome. A donor egg or sperm can also be used in this procedure, which often leads to the creation of several embryos, of which only some are transplanted. This is the option chosen by the parents of twins Lydia and Timothy, two of the five embryos frozen in April 1992 by an anonymous married couple. When they froze their embryos, the husband was 50 and the egg donor was 34.
The twins’ embryo remained frozen in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of nearly 200 degrees below zero. According to CNN reports, the embryo was stored in a fertility center in West Coat until 2007, after the couple donated them to the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Knoxville, Tennessee, hoping that were made available to another couple.
The couple in question is that of Rachel and Philip, already parents of four children, who have decided to have more by choosing this medical procedure.
Rachel Ridgeway had a delivery that went as normally as any other hospital birth, except the twins were born from the longest frozen embryos in the world, according to the National Embryo Donation Center.
“I was 5 when God gave life to Lydia and Timothy, and He has preserved that life ever since”Advertisement
said Philip Ridgeway, the pope of the unborn.
The name of the process the Ridgeways underwent is adoption or embryo donation: when people undergo IVF, they can produce more embryos than they use. Extra embryos can be cryopreserved for future use, donated to research or education to advance the science of reproductive medicine, or donated to people who wish to have children.
The term “adoption” creates a lot of controversy because some argue that it has meaning only when dealing with adoption after birth, others add that instead of using the word “adoption”, only “donation” should be used, still others they argue that it is just a medical procedure that has nothing to do with life.
The fact remains that the twins, who were conceived during the era of the Millennial generation (or Y, those born between 1981 and 1996), totally skip the era of generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2012) and grow up as belonging to the ALPHA generation (born in early 2010 onwards). Skipping a generation, being born in the first one is still noteworthy.