Little did an Oregon couple realize that eggs donated in 1994 would be used to impregnate NASA scientist Kelly Burke 19 years later, resulting in the birth of a happy healthy baby boy named Liam James, from what doctors believe to be “the second oldest cryopreserved human embryo in history.”
Not only that, little Liam has genetic siblings born from the same embryo cycle to parents 2,500 miles . old that are now old enough to be his dad. The couple, from Oregon had used the eggs donated to the Reproductive Science Center of the Bay Area (RSC) by an unnamed woman after undergoing their own fertility treatments using . Two of the embryos created during the in-vitro fertilization the procedure were transferred to the the Oregon woman’s womb. The remaining four were then frozen, and kept that way until 2012 when the couple decided to put them up for adoption.
It was then that Burke, 45 (who had been unable to have a child of her own despite numerous fertility treatments) came into contact with them. Although she was put through “a rigorous adoption process,” Kelly was implanted with the embryos and finally became pregnant.
"I think the couple knows more about me than some of my family," Kelly joked, adding that it was an “open adoption,” meaning that her, now 9 month old son will one day be able to know his siblings.