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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.”
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.
Mother, Son arrainged for killing alleged housebreaker.
A 45-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son have been arraigned for beating an alleged housebreaker to death in Butterworth, Eastern Cape.
Police confirmed they were investigating a murder after a 23-year-old housebreaker, identified as Solomzi Gcanca, was killed on Wednesday, June 19.
SAPS spokesperson, Capt Jackson Manatha said members of the community witnessed the [mother and son] beating the young man”
The man was found dead in the street by community members on Wednesday evening at Ext 14B, Mcubakazi township, Butterworth.
“The community was so angry that they wanted the woman and her son to be evicted from where they live. But we could not do that. Our job was to arrest them,”
The community was angry about what happened to Gcanca.
“The alleged killers took matters into their own hands by beating the man for breaking into their house. What they were supposed to do was come to the police,” he added.
Both suspects were expected to appear in court on Tuesday
Nato warn Russia to refrain New Missle plan
Source: Reuters – NATO urged Russia on Tuesday to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region.
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NATO defense ministers will discuss on Wednesday their next steps if Moscow keeps the missile system that the United States says would allow short-notice nuclear attacks on Europe and break the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
“We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so,” Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference. “We will need to respond,” Stoltenberg said.
He declined to go into more details. But diplomats said defense ministers will consider more flights over Europe by U.S. warplanes capable of carrying nuclear warheads, more military training and the repositioning U.S. sea-based missiles.
The United States and its NATO allies want Russia to destroy its 9M729/SSC-8 nuclear-capable cruise missile system, which Moscow has so far refused to do. It denies any violations of the INF treaty, accusing Washington of seeking an arms race.
Without a deal, the United States has said it will withdraw from the INF treaty on Aug. 2, removing constraints on its own ability to develop nuclear-capable, medium-range missile.
The dispute has deepened a fissure in East-West ties that severely deteriorated after Russia’s seizure of Crimea and its involvement in Syria.
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