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See the ‘miracle’ baby who spent 24 years as a frozen embryo to reach birth

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A woman has given birth to a record-breaking daughter who spent 24 years as a frozen embryo.

The ‘miracle’ baby has set a new world record for the longest frozen embryo to reach birth.

It emerged today that Tina Gibson, now 26, last month gave birth to baby Emma Wren – who was frozen as an embryo in 1992 – when Tina was just a year old herself.

Tina and her husband Benjamin welcomed Emma into the world on November 25.

“Emma is such a sweet miracle,” proud papa Benjamin said.

“I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”

Emma was transferred into Tina’s uterus via a frozen embryo transfer at the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Knoxville, East Tennessee, earlier this year.

She had been cryopreserved on October 14 1992 and was thawed by NEDC lab director Carol Sommerfelt on March 13 2017.

Sommerfelt told WBIR-TV: “I will always remember what the Gibsons said when presented with the picture of their embryos at the time of transfer – ‘These embryos could have been my best friends,” as Tina herself was only 25 at the time of transfer.”

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University of Tennessee Preston Medical Library research staff confirmed this week that Emma holds the all-time record for the longest-frozen embryo to come to birth.

Doctor Jeffrey Keenan, who carried out the embryo transfer, “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, which is renowned for its embryo adoption program, has enabled nearly 700 pregnancies through it so far.

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Israel kills Gaza gunman, militants fire rockets

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An Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian gunman on Wednesday and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel as a spike in violence edged into a second day.

As dawn broke, air raid sirens sent Israelis rushing to shelters in towns near the Gaza border and deeper in the country.

The Israeli military said its forces targeted a Gaza crew preparing to launch rockets over the border. At least one man was killed. The Islamic Jihad militant faction identified him as a member of the group.

The worst fighting in months began on Tuesday, after Israel killed in Gaza a top commander of the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad, accusing him of masterminding recent attacks against Israel and planning more in the near future.

source Reuters

In response, Islamic Jihad gunmen fired about 200 rockets into Israel throughout the day. Further Israeli air strikes on the group’s targets in Gaza killed eight Palestinians, seven of them militants, according to Palestinian sources.

However, it appeared that Hamas, the main militant group that rules Gaza, was staying out of the fighting for now. A diplomatic source told Reuters the U.N. Middle East envoy was on his way to Cairo to begin mediation to end the violence.

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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