Woman (45) gives birth to healthy baby with embryo frozen for 18 YEARS


After undergoing three failed in-vitro fertility (IVF) attempts in 1998, a woman from Shanghai, China had given up hope of ever becoming a mother. But after one of named Huang Qiong's friends gave birth to twins through IVF last year, she decided to give it one last go. Doctors used an embryo the 45-year-old had frozen 18 years ago in 1998 -- and it, miraculously, was a success! On Wednesday 29 June, Huang Qiong finally gave birth to a healthy little girl.

According to the Shanghai health department frozen embryos are stored in liquid nitrogen at -196°C. Previously frozen embryos were never kept for longer than five years.

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"In reality, we will continue storing embryos as long as the patients ask us to do," said Sun Yijuan from the Fudan University’s department of obstetrics and gynaecology.

However although a healthy baby resulting from an 18-year-old embryo is rare – it is not the first time it has happened.

In 2010 medical experts linked to the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Virginia in the US made history when they implanted a 20-year-old embryo into a 42-year-old woman. The result: a healthy baby boy.

The previous record was a baby born from an embryo frozen for 13 years.

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A frozen embryo takes about an hour to defrost. As soon as it reaches room temperature it is placed in an incubator in 37°C before being implanted. But it is warned that the chances of getting pregnant are higher when a fresh embryo is used.

Sources: herald.co.zw, sputniknews.com, chinadaily.com, catchnews.com, fertstert.org, singularityhub.com, hfea.gov.uk, slate.com

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