The Daily Mail reported a 45-year-old woman from Argentina has given birth to a set of twins from the donor eggs she had frozen 12 years ago. The successful birth breaks the previous record, where a women gave birth with 7-year-old eggs.
Buenos Aires resident, Monica Zapotoczny and her husband, Guillermo Husak, are now the proud parents of twin girls that were conceived from the eggs she had frozen at the age of 33. After numerous failed attempts at IVF treatment, the couple thought they would never be able to have a child of their own.
Then, after one final attempt in 2011, Zapotoczny became pregnant and gave birth by cesarean section in January of this year. The news offers new hope to cancer survivors who are holding off having children as well as career-driven women who don’t want children now but may want to have children later in life.
“It was a miracle. The joy we feel is indescribable, our family is complete,” Zapotoczny told the Daily Mail. “I hope other women who freeze their eggs can take hope from this that their dreams can one day come true.”
To this date, about 1,000 babies have been born from frozen eggs worldwide. In the past scientists found that a woman is significantly more likely to get pregnant if she is able to insert a frozen fertilized embryo, rather than just an egg in her womb.
For the best results, fertility experts recommend that women freeze their eggs in their twenties and early thirties when their eggs are the healthiest and store them in a safe egg donor database.