Baby Emma Was Conceived in 1992 But Was Born in 2017

December 20, 2017

Tina Gibson and her husband, Benjamin, have the most spectacular story to share about their baby girl. Emma was conceived in 1992 but wasn't born until 2017. Can you wrap your brain around that? Let me explain.

Emma, originally conceived by another couple, was donated to a faith-based clinic that specializes in adoption and embryo donation in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she spent 24 years as a frozen embryo. Tina gave birth to Emma on November 25, 2017, at the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC).


“Do you realize that I’m 25 years old? If the baby was born when it was supposed to born, we could have been best friends,” Emma’s mother, Tina Gibson, told their local news station, WBIR.

Emma was conceived just a year and a half after her 26-year-old mother, Tina, was brought into this world.


"People say, 'Oh it's science,' but no I think it's a gift from the Lord. It's a gift from the Lord, for sure," Tina said.


According to the scientists at the University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library, Emma holds the record for the longest frozen embryo to be born.


"Emma is such a sweet miracle,” Emma's dad, Benjamin, said. “I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”

Emma had been frozen on October 14, 1992, and was thawed by Carol Sommerfelt, lab director of the NEDC, on March 13, 2017. Tina became pregnant with Emma by a successful frozen embryo transfer, or FET, coordinated by Dr. Jeffrey Keenan.


"I just couldn't believe it that I was carrying a baby. It was just something we didn't think would be possible to have that right in front of me and to make it tangible this year. It’s just amazing," Tina said.

“The NEDC has been privileged to work with the Gibsons to help them realize their dreams of becoming parents,” Dr. Keenan said. “We hope this story is a clarion call to all couples who have embryos in long-term storage to consider this life-affirming option for their embryos.”


The NEDC was able to successfully perform 1,000 pregnancies through FET. NDCs mission is "to protect the lives and dignity of human embryos."


Once an embryo is thawed, it has the same chances of survival as a fresh embryo. The only risk is during the thawing out process. If the embryo survives during that time, then its chances of a healthy pregnancy are great. There is no evidence that a frozen embryo has a higher risk of birth defects.

Tina and Benjamin are over the moon with Emma and how God brought her to them.


“I think it makes it all that much more of a miracle,” Tina said.


“It’s a God thing,” Dr. Keenan said.


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