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A MUM has left people stunned after revealing she gave birth to 30-year-old babies.
Rachel Ridgeway and her partner Philip recently gave birth to Lydia and Timothy in October last year.
The couple already has four children aged eight, six, three, and almost two.
Despite her four children being born before Lydia and Timothy – the two newest additions are both the oldest.
While it may sound confusing, there's a very simple reason the pair are both the oldest and youngest siblings.
Lydia and Timothy are the longest-frozen embryos to be conceived according to the National Embryo Donation Centre.
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The pair were frozen back in 1992 for an anonymous married couple using in-vitro fertilization.
The husband was in his early 50s, and they used a 34-year-old egg donor.
For three decades the embryos sat in storage as the married couple didn't end up using them.
But 30 years on, Rachel and Philip decided they wanted to use the embryos to expand their family.
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Philip said: "There is something mind-boggling about it, I was five years old when God gave life to Lydia and Timothy, and he's been preserving that life ever since."
The couple who lives in Portland, Oregon in the US had not used IVF or doners before.
"In a sense, they're our oldest children, even though they're our smallest children," Philip added.
Rachel and Philip decided they wanted to expand their family – but hadn't planned to use the longest frozen embryos in the world.
The dad said: "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."
When looking for donors, the couple specifically asked the donation centre about a category called "special consideration."
The category meant it had been hard to find recipients for the embryos for whatever reason, reports Nine Honey.
Three out of five of the embryos the couple picked were thawed successfully.
Doctors warned Rachel to transfer just two of the embryos, telling her, "multiples can cause problems in pregnancy."
But Rachel was willing to take the risk.
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She remembers getting teary-eyed and saying, "You just showed me a picture of my three children. I have to have them all."
Two of the three were transferred to Rachel successfully resulting in little Lydia and Timothy.
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