A proud mother cradles her newborn in her arms, despite there being only an ’18 month age difference ‘between the two.
The record-breaking toddler is happy and healthy – and technically 27 years old.
Molly Everette Gibson was born from an embryo that was frozen in October 1992.
The egg was placed on ice only 18 months after her mother, Tina, now 29, was born in April 1991.
New mom Tina told the New York Post: ‘It’s hard to wrap your head around it. But as far as we’re concerned, Molly is our little miracle. “
Researchers said the baby is entering history and record books as the longest-frozen embryo resulting in a successful birth.
The feat could spark sibling rivalry – as the record was previously held by her sister, Emma Wren, who spent 24 years on the ice before being born in 2017.
Because the embryos have been donated anonymously, their biological parents remain unknown, but they are completely genetic siblings.
The eggs were thawed at the National Embryo Donation Center before being transferred to Tina’s uterus.
Tina and her husband, Benjamin, 36, first turned to the NEDC after trying naturally for their own child over the course of five years.
Benjamin has cystic fibrosis, which can cause infertility.
After a decade of getting married and raising children, the couple found out about the nonprofit after Tina’s parents saw it on the news.
She said, “We were like, ‘That sounds crazy. No thank you, we’re not interested.
“Then we kept thinking about it and couldn’t get it out of our minds.”
Tina didn’t find out until the day of the handover that it had been frozen for 24 years.
‘I asked the specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Keenan,’ What does that mean? She remembered.
And he replied, ‘Well, it could be a world record. ‘
After a few years, the Gibsons wanted to give her a sibling – and it was a good idea to transfer the two remaining embryos from the same donors.