TN couple helped by embryo donation

Thursday, December 28, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnant woman handA faith-based organization that collects donor eggs for those who are unable to conceive has helped a Tennessee couple with an embryo frozen 24 years ago.

Husband and wife Benjamin and Tina Gibson used in vitro fertilization to become the parents of a girl, Emma Wren, who was born Nov. 25 in Knoxville. 

Mark Mellinger, spokesman for the National Embryo Donation Center, says the birth of Emma Wren is a "testament" to God's desire to preserve human life.

"And technology has given a lot of means that never existed before," he says, "to create and preserve life, and we're trying to be an ethical, God-honoring voice in that milieu, I guess."

The organization has about 6,000 frozen embryos that have been donated, and Mellinger tells OneNewsNow that nearly 700 babies have been born thanks to donations.

"The vast majority of them," he says, "are families who otherwise would not have realized their dreams of parenthood."

The embryos are implanted at the Center, also located in Knoxville.

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