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Twins Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway were born to Philip and Rachel Ridgeway on October 31 from what may be the longest-frozen embryos to ever result in a live birth, according to the National Embryo Donation Center.

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The previous known record holder was, born in 2020 from an embryo that had been frozen for nearly 27 years.

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For nearly 30 years, the embryos were kept at a West Coast fertility lab until 2007, when the anonymous married couple who created the embryos donated them to the National Embryo Donation Center

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Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway were born on 31 October from embryos which were frozen on 22 April 1992 - at a time when was the American president and the British prime minister.

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During their nearly 30 years in liquid nitrogen, the twins were joined by at least a million other embryos—though the exact number is impossible to say, since the last time anyone counted was 2002 (when it was 400,000

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Rachel and Philip Ridgeway were just three and five years old, respectively, when their twins were conceived by an anonymous married couple using IVF.

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After thawing, two of them weren't dividing well.

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When combing through egg donor databases, the Ridgeways specifically looked in a category called "special consideration," which meant it had been hard to find recipients for these embryos.

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The Ridgeways have four other children, ages 8, 6, 3 and almost 2, none conceived via IVF or donors.

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For nearly three decades, they sat in storage on tiny straws kept in liquid nitrogen at nearly 200 degrees below zero, in a device that looks much like a propane tank.

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The center says it has helped with the births of over 1,260 infants from donated embryos.

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He racked up a series of impressive degrees—undergrad at Princeton University, medical school at Duke University, residency at Stanford, and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Southeastern Fertility, which partners with National Embryo Donation Center, thawed the embryos February 28.

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Twins have been born in the US from embryos frozen more than 30 years ago in what the proud new parents have called a "mind-boggling" experience.

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And the third was John himself, who came to saving faith after having a dream about Jesus and then sitting in the intensive care unit at the side of his critically sick son.

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In April 1992, Vanessa Williams' "Save the Best for Last" topped the, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was running for the White House, "Who's the Boss?" aired its final episode, and the babies born to Rachel and Philip Ridgeway a couple of weeks ago were frozen as embryos.

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(If you haven't heard anybody talking about that in a while, it's likely because now, with IVF, more embryos are donated to science than researchers can use .)

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It's possible an older frozen embryo may have been used; although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks success rates and data around reproductive technologies, it does not track how long embryos have been frozen.

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The NEDC was formed in 2003, just as the debates raging around the use of embryonic stem cells for research began to calm down.

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Klipstein says that using donated embryos can often be cost-effective for people looking for fertility help, as it cuts out the price of looking for and storing donor sperm and eggs.

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40% of frozen embryo transfers result in a live birth.

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"They love their siblings, and they play together and were looking forward to finding out whether God had given them two boys, two girls or a brother and a sister," Phillip Ridgeway said.

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"Molly Gibson was born in 2020 from a 27-year-old embryo - beating the record for her sister Emma who came from an embryo frozen for 24 years."

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"We wanted to look at this the way the Lord looks at us," Rachel said.

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"The remaining three embryos were transferred into Rachel on March 2, 29 years and 10 months after they were frozen."

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"The first IVF baby was huge news in 1978," fertility specialist John David Gordon said.

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A 2016 report from the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) found that the "application of the term 'adoption' to embryos is inaccurate, is misleading, and could place burdens upon recipients and should be avoided."

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As with any other human tissue donation, embryos must meet certain US Food and Drug Administration eligibility guidelines "Embryo adoption is not a legal 'adoption' at all, at least in the sense of a traditional adoption which occurs after birth," the National Embryo Donation Center says.

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"Going into this, we knew that we could trust God to do whatever he had sovereignly planned and that their age really had no factor."

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"We just wanted the ones that had been waiting the longest."

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"Mark Mellinger, of the NEDC, said: This is a new record for the transfer of the longest-frozen embryo resulting in a birth."

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The National Embryo Donation Center is a recipients to pass a "family assessment" and says "couples must be a genetic male and a genetic female married for a minimum of 3 years."

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"It really is God's grace because he has just sustained us each step of the way."

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"They don't get the genetic connection to the children," she said, "but they do have a much less expensive reproductive option than even with in-vitro fertilization in most cases."

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"It's all about the egg and the embryo and when the egg was taken out."

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"We weren't looking to get the embryos that have been frozen the longest in the world," Philip told CNN.

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"I was five years old when God gave life to Lydia and Timothy, and he's been preserving that life ever since."

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"If you're frozen at nearly 200 degrees below zero, I mean, the biological processes essentially slow down to almost nothing."

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"It just wakes up 30 years later, and it never knew it was asleep."

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"If that patient was 25, yes, most likely, her embryos will survive," said Dr. Zaher Merhi, a fertility expert at the Rejuvenating Fertility Center in New York City.

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"However, the term allows all parties to conceptualize the process and eventual reality of raising a non-genetically related child."

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"It's just such a great thing to not feel ethically challenged every single day," John said.