Twins from same batch of IVF embryos born two years apart
Sarah Sargent, 18, and sibling Will, 20, never had an inkling they were twins, having been born two years apart.
However, their parents recently revealed to them that they were in fact conceived on the same day via IVF from the same batch of embryos – but instead of being implanted at the same time, Sarah was ‘kept in the freezer’ for a further 18 months.
Sarah, from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, shared her incredible story on TikTok, where it has since received over nine million views.
The university student said: ‘My parents had children using IVF. Mum produced lots of eggs with each IVF cycle.
‘The clinic attempted to fertilise all the eggs and had a reasonably high success rate. The embryos are examined and the strongest two are used first.
‘One of these embryos went full term and that’s when my brother was born. The other embryos are frozen so that they are available for implantation in the future.
‘I was one of these embryos and I was defrosted and implanted around 12 months after my twin brother Will was born, in January 2001.
‘I was born in October 2002, 21 months later.’
She explained that, had her and Will’s embryos been fertilised naturally, they would have been non-identical twins born at the same time.
Neither Sarah nor Will had any idea that they were biologically twins until two years ago, when their parents broke the news.
The teenager said she was shocked and could not believe that she and her older brother were really twins.
Sarah said: ‘While I knew my parents had IVF to conceive, I had no idea that we were biologically twins. I found this out when I was 16.
‘My dad was driving me to school, and I was saying that I was convinced I was adopted because I thought that I looked and acted different than everyone else in my family, especially my brother.
‘He then said “well, I know for a fact you aren’t adopted because Will is your twin brother”.
‘Naturally I presumed he was joking and said that it would be impossible because I’m two years younger. That’s when he explained the full story to me.
‘I was pretty confused about us being twins. When my dad explained that I was in the freezer for two years, I honestly couldn’t believe it.’
The twins’ parents had decided to wait until they were mature enough to understand their somewhat confusing conception.
Speaking about the reaction to her video, Sarah added: ‘It has really taken me up until a few of months ago to properly accept it and I am still amazed by it to this day.
‘It wasn’t until I posted the story to my TikTok and it blew up to over nine million views that I realised how cool it actually is.
‘I never imagined that the TikTok would go viral the way that it did.
‘The news hasn’t changed my brother and I’s relationship at all. We’ve always been great friends.
‘If anything, it has made us closer. I think there is something about having a twin that is really special.’
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