The Ice Babies: Long-lost frozen embryos are popping up all over

Long-lost frozen embryos are popping up all over

His doctor thought he was one for the record books. His middle-aged parents welcomed him as an unexpected 8-lb. 15-oz. bundle of joy. Delivered by C-section in a suburban Los Angeles hospital, Baby Billy, as he was nicknamed by the local paper, is a medical miracle--the product of an embryo frozen for 7 1/2 years. For a few days last week, Billy, whose parents prefer anonymity, was hailed as the oldest human embryo ever brought to term. Then the bubble burst.

Shortly after the widely publicized blessed event, Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Hospital announced that a baby born there in December came from...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!