record The parents of the two babies already have four other children, all born naturally
The twins are in perfect health. — alimas/Pixabay
A couple living near Portland (United States) gave birth, on October 31, at; twins whose embryos had been frozen for… thirty years, a world first according to CNN. Already parents of four other children, aged 2, 3, 6 and 8, they wanted to welcome children born by in vitro fertilization (IVF) into their family.
The embryos had been frozen in 1992 at the request of a couple who had resorted to a surrogate mother. Indeed, during an IVF procedure, it happens that supernumerary embryos are cryopreserved. They are then graciously given to another couple or used for medical research.
“ We have always thought; that we would have as many [children] as God wants to give us, and… when we heard about embryo adoption, we thought; that it was something we would like to do,» the proud father of the twins. The parents insisted; to proceed to the implantation of the three frozen embryos, but one of them ultimately did not survive.
The two children born, a boy named Timothy and a daughter named Lydia are in perfect health. As the father of the family humorously points out, « in a sense, they are our oldest children, even if they are our youngest ». He also added : “ We were not looking to obtain the embryos that have been longest frozen in the world. We just wanted those who had been waiting the longest. ”