Security increased at UH Ahuja Fertility Center after egg, embryo freezer malfunction

UH Fertility Clinic investigating failure involving eggs and embryos

UH Fertility Clinic investigating failure involving eggs and embryos

An egg freezing facility in Cleveland suffered a major malfunction potentially losing out on 2,100 frozen eggs and embryos.

"We are investigating a recent incident at our fertility clinic involving an unexpected temperature fluctuation in the storage bank", University Hospitals said in a statement released on Facebook with a video from DePompei.

Patti DePompei, president of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital, called the situation "absolutely devastating". DePompei said that this incident has been devastating for families involved and also for the physicians and nursing staff involved as well. The viability of the eggs and embryos is unknown, the facility said in a statement.

The officials said that one of the long-term storage tank that contained liquid nitrogen had an equipment failure that caused the temperatures to rise temporarily.

The UH is bringing in experts to look into the matter.

'We will work with our member clinics to help them take any steps needed to ensure such an event never happens again'. "We are committed to getting answers and working with our patients individually to address their concerns". "Right now, our patients and families are our first priority".

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

In order to see if the egg or embryo is still viable, it has to be thawed out and implanted.

"Clearly the circumstance that happened here is destroying for the families included, and it's staggering for our doctors and our medical attendants and our staff too", said DePompei. The healing center says it won't annihilate any of the eggs or embryos and has moved them to a working tank.

The temperature increase may have impacted more than 2,000 vials of eggs and embryos, affecting more than 500 patients. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ARSM), as many as 6200 women froze their eggs in 2015.

On average, freezing eggs can cost between $12,000 and $14,000.

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

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