Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Fertility clinic disaster may have destroyed thousands of frozen eggs, embryos

UH Fertility Clinic investigating failure involving eggs and embryos Malfunction At Freezing Facility Could Have Damaged Thousands Of Frozen Eggs, Embryos
Steve Townsend | 10 March, 2018, 01:21

According to Patti DePompei, president, UH MacDonald Women's Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, these eggs may no longer be viable for use. Specimens unfrozen for scheduled procedures this week were not viable, The Plain Dealer reported.

UH said it does not know if mechanical or human error caused the freezer malfunction, and the incident remains under investigation.

The University Hospital Fertility Center in Cleveland has a long-term storage tank containing liquid nitrogen that suffered equipment failure over the weekend.

Approximately 500 to 600 families were affected by the malfunction and University Hospitals have begun the tedious task of reaching out to all the families to see how they wish to proceed.

One round of in vitro fertilization can cost patients without medical insurance around $12,000. We are incredibly sorry this happened.

Embryologists who arrived at the center on Sunday morning were alerted by an alarm that the temperature of the tank had increased, administrators told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

No one was at the facility overnight on Saturday, and the storage tank was monitored both on and off-site.

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"We are now looking at what specimens existed in that gradient", Liu told WKYC.

Each vile contained two to three eggs or embryos from each patient.

"Some of the eggs and embryos that were stored date back decades", DePompei told WKYC. These are still preserved and would not be destroyed, the hospital said in a statement.

It is unknown at this time how much it will cost to fix this, with University Hospitals saying it could mean procedure fees would be waived for future treatment, according to WEWS.

'We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns'. "People move, their addresses change but we've made our best attempts to track down everyone".

"We are so very sorry this happened and we want to do all that we can to support our patients and families through this very hard time", DePompei said a video posted on Facebook Thursday. Sean Tipton, chief policy officer at ASRM expressed his sympathy for the affected families and said the organization would look into the matter ensuring this is not repeated.

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