Philip and Rachel had received their twins from the embryos, their twins, Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway, which were frozen 30 years ago.

Philip and Rachel already had four children before, and the couple said that their twins is their “oldest children”.

At first, the embryos were waiting an unnamed couple, but it didnt’ happen. And they had waited in the liquid nitrogen, until 2007, when they were donated to National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Philip Ridgeway, the father had stated that, ”We weren’t looking to get the embryos that have been frozen the longest in the world.”

“We just wanted the ones that had been waiting the longest”
“I was five years old when God gave life to Lydia and Timothy, and he’s been preserving that life ever since.” Philip said.

“In a sense, they’re our oldest children, even though they’re our smallest children”

Their doctor, James Gordon stated that, “If you’re frozen at nearly 200 degrees below zero, I mean, the biological processes essentially slow down to almost nothing.

And so perhaps the difference between being frozen for a week, a month, a year, a decade, two decades, it doesn’t really matter.”
A specialist, Dr Jim Toner said that, “It doesn’t seem like a sperm or an egg or embryo stored in liquid nitrogen ever experiences time. It’s like that Rip Van Winkle thing. It just wakes up 30 years later, and it never knew it was asleep.”

Marketing and development director at the National Embryo Donation Center, Mark Mellinger stated, “This is a new record for the transfer of the longest-frozen embryo resulting in a birth.”
Previous record in the regarding situation was 25 years, back in 2020, which Ridgeway’s had break with their 30-year-old embryos.
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