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Egg Freezing
Malfunction At Freezing Facility Could Have Damaged Thousands Of Frozen Eggs, Embryos

10 March, 2018

There has been a recent incident at a fertility clinic - University Hospitals Fertility Center, Cleveland, where the eggs and embryos are stored.

Hundreds of patients at University Hospitals Fertility Center are dealing with some devastating news.

Women and families choose to freeze their eggs or embryos for a number of reasons to try and have a baby at a later date.

It is exacerbated by the fact that the only way to determine if the specimens are viable is to thaw them, Liu told the Plain Dealer.

"It's devastating", Patti DePompei, president of University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center in Cleveland told the local station WKYC. Some samples that were unfrozen for scheduled procedures this week were not viable. They do not know yet if it was a mechanical malfunction or human error.

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DePompei said hospital staff have consulted with numerous experts to "better understand the cause of this temperature fluctuation and ensure that it doesn't happen again".

At the tissue storage bank, these eggs and embryos are stored in liquid nitrogen according to a hospital spokesperson's statement yesterday (8th of March 2018).

All of the samples have been moved to another tank, which is being monitored at all hours and maintained at the correct temperature. The incident could have affected over 2100 frozen eggs and embryos say the sources.

In comments underneath the video message, people expressed frustration and heartbreak at the potential loss of the embryos and eggs, which represented not only a significant financial and medical commitment, but the hope of expanding families. Some of these eggs and embryos have been stored in there for decades. At this time, we don't yet know the viability of these eggs and embryos. Hospital staff has set up a call center to arrange meetings or calls between patients and their physicians to address their concerns.

The news came to patients in the form of a letter on Thursday.

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