The “World’s Oldest Baby” sounds a bit strange when you say it out loud, but it’s real and the current holder is Xavier Powell. Xavier was born in June 2015, the product of a father who had his sperm frozen a whopping 23 years ago, according to a report by the Independent Journal.
Xavier’s father, Alex Powell, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at 15 years old in 1992. At the time, his stepmother, Patricia, thinking of the side effects of cancer treatments like chemotherapy, suggested that Alex make a deposit to a sperm bank in case of future infertility.
Powell took her advice, and 23 years later after his cancer treatment had, in fact, left him infertile, he was able to have a son with his wife through the help of in vitro fertilization. That makes Xavier the world record holder for being conceived from the oldest sperm to be used in a successful IVF.
Alex Powell beat Hodgkin, and grew up to become a chiropractor. Two decades later he met Vi, the love of his life, and the pair began trying to have a child via IVF, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
“There was a bit of nervousness, when they bring those guys out, what’s going to happen?” Powell joked about the condition of his 23-year-old sperm in the Daily Mail report. “Are they all going to turn left?”