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Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital

Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital
Melissa Porter | 09 March, 2018, 21:24

In the case of the UH Fertility Center's compromised eggs, patients will only know if their eggs or embryos are still viable by implanting them.

The storage facility was not staffed overnight Saturday.

DePompei said the temperature fluctuation had occurred "due to reasons unknown" and that the hospital had launched a major investigation to find out what happened.

"It's devastating, it's absolutely devastating", said Patti DePompei, President of University Hospital MacDonald Women's Hospital and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

More than 500 families hoping to have a baby using frozen eggs or embryos might no longer have that option because of an unknown temperature fluctuation at a OH fertility center.

At this time, we don't yet know the viability of these eggs and embryos.

A fertility clinic in OH is investigating temperature fluctuations that effected eggs and embryos of hundreds of patients.

A long haul stockpiling tank containing fluid nitrogen at the University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland encountered a clear hardware disappointment over the previous end of the week, enabling the temperature to end up hotter than it should.

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.

'We will work with our member clinics to help them take any steps needed to ensure such an event never happens again'.

"Some of the eggs and embryos that were stored date back decades", DePompei told WKYC. "We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns", the University Hospitals statement said. They said in a statement, "Right now, our patients come first". These eggs are watched over using a video surveillance and an alarm system.

Patients with questions should call the 24-hour hotline at 216-286-9740.

Eggs are frozen in order to postpone pregnancy. It has also moved the eggs and embryos to a working tank. According to the latest figures from the ARSM, more than 6,200 women froze their eggs in 2015. The costs of freezing eggs is somewhere around $12,000 to $14,000.

"Our hearts go out to the patients who have endured this misfortune", said Sean Tipton, boss strategy officer at ASRM.