Twins Conceived in 1992 Born 30 Years Later


Twins Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway were born from embryos that were frozen in 1992 | Image by National Embryo Donation Center

Rachel Ridgeway, a mother of six in Washington, welcomed twins conceived in 1992. The twins were stored as embryos in liquid nitrogen for nearly 30 years until adopted by Ridgeway, who is technically only three years older than her newborns.

Even as teeny tots, the twins, Timothy and Lydia, are setting records. They are believed to be the oldest frozen embryos born alive.

“It’s mind-blowing to think about,” said Phillip Ridgeway, the twins’ adopted father. “Pretty much everybody we’ve talked to has trouble wrapping their brain around it.”

Although the biological parents remain anonymous, they originally conceived the twins through in-vitro-fertilization (IVF).

During IVF, many more embryos are formed than necessary. During the process, lab technicians grade the embryos based on the number and quality of cells formed after 3-5 days of fertilization. Extra embryos or embryos considered less optimal are stored for a later date, donated to stem cell research, or discarded altogether.

In the case of the Ridgeway twins, the embryos were donated to the National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) located in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is a nonprofit that stores embryos for future married couples. The NEDC, founded in 2002, currently stores thousands of donated embryos and estimates that 1 million human embryos are stored nationwide.

Although Rachel and Phillip have four children, they decided to have more.

“We’ve always thought, ‘Let’s have as many kids that God wants to give us,'” said Phillip. “We thought, ‘We’re not done yet if that’s God’s will.'”

Quickly, the Ridgeways decided that embryo adoption was the route for them versus traditional IVF treatment.

The twins were located in the “special consideration” section of the NEDC. The section contains embryos whose families have a known history of genetic disorders. The biological father of the Ridgeway twins died from what is commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS.

“We found out that these kids are rarely looked at because many parents coming into the process are wondering what they could have,” Rachel said. “It didn’t really matter to us if they’re considered perfect or not.”

Prior to the Ridgeways, the longest-frozen embryo record was held by Molly Gibson who was born 24 years after her initial fertilization.

Despite the twins’ record-setting conception and birth, the Ridgeways have decided to wait to tell them of their origins until they are old enough to understand.

“They’ll always know that they are adopted,” Rachel said. “We want to make sure that they know that embryo adoption makes them special.”

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2 months ago

And recently Jennifer Aniston stated, “If someone had told me about freezing eggs, I could have done that. Now it’s too late”. That self-centered witch never wanted to have children. As you can see by this, it’s been around at least 30 years. And yet, she had no idea? Said she wanted children but Brad Pitt didn’t. Funny, he and Jolie did. Hmmm.

Just love all the lies that come out of booviewood mouths. Think she really uses that $9 a bottle Aveeno lotion? She probably uses lotion that costs $500/ounce. But she got paid millions to advertise it. That’s called “propaganda”.

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2 months ago

It sure could called GASLIGHTING as well . . . It is what the government does all the time 5o us!!!

2 months ago

Read a SciFi story once that described this as the normal way to have children. The reasoning was that the children could be conceived when the parents were most fit biologically to have children; then the embryos were incubated years later when the parents were more mature and better equipped financially to raise the children. Sounds to me like we’re only missing the incubation part and, thankfully, government control of the whole process.

Last edited 2 months ago by RiverKing
Cassidy Roman
Cassidy Roman
2 months ago

Just think that one million souls are frozen in the United States…