Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital

Glen Mclaughlin
March 10, 2018

This could be heart-breaking for around 500 to 600 families, say the officials. Some samples date to the 1980s. "We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns", the University Hospitals statement said. They do not know yet if it was a mechanical malfunction or human error. Most of the samples are used by patients undergoing in vitro fertilization. Storage for embryos also cost hundreds of dollars from year to year but have shown to last in the freezer process for decades. And for some families, the treatment is their only chance at conceiving a child.

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. Some specimens that were already thawed since Sunday for planned procedures were found not to be viable, the Plain Dealer reported.

We are bringing in independent experts to ensure we understand all aspects of this occurrence and do everything possible to address the situation.

The storage facility was not staffed overnight Saturday. The tanks are attached with alarms, which will go off if the temperature drops below a certain level.

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

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Thousands of eggs and embryos may have been destroyed after a hospital fridge malfunctioned. It's not clear how the affected patients will be compensated.

The facility has set up a call center for patients to arrange and appointment or calls to speak with their physicians.

In it, hospital officials explain that a freezer failure caused about 2,000 eggs and embryos to potentially become compromised.

"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.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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