Second US fertility clinic reports egg storage tank malfunction

Beachwood Ohio. The University Hospital in Ohio and another fertility clinic in San Francisco experienced equipment failures on the same day

The March 4 incident, which was made public March 11, follows a similar malfunction that occurred the same weekend at a fertility clinic at Beachwood, Ohio-based University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center. "Anger is a big part of the phone call", Herbert said of his discussions with patients. The lab then immediately took steps to transfer the eggs and embryos into another tank but at that point, the damage may have already been done.

Egg freezing has grown in popularity, with an estimated 20,000 USA women who have had the procedure, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Between the overnight hours of Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, one of the egg and embryo liquid nitrogen storage tanks began warming up.

The law firm Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Carr & Kane (PRW), which has handled a number cases involving embryo loss and related issues pertaining to fertility clinics, filed suit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Monday on behalf of a Pennsylvania couple and 700 other patients affected by University Hospital's faulty freezer. According to ABC News, the tank at Pacific Fertility Center in California had a temperature fluctuation with the inventory of egg and embryo assets.

"What is most disturbing to me is that everyone I talked to has been informed by UH that their embryos are not viable, they've been destroyed, different from what has been out there publicly which has been that they've been compromised, we don't know". They amounted to an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the total stored at the facility, according to Pacific Fertility Clinic spokesperson Alden Romney.

Beachwood Ohio. The University Hospital in Ohio and another fertility clinic in San Francisco experienced equipment failures on the same day that may have damaged

The clinic has reported the incident to the College of American Pathologists, which regulates labs, and the overseers of California's tissue banks, Herbert said.

The San Francisco-based clinic has brought in a team to investigate the malfunction. The couple says their embryos are now no longer viable. While the staff spent days sorting through records to verify which patients' tissue was inside, he said they do not yet know how many of them were still planning to use it. Once they are thawed, they can't be refrozen.

"We just want to hold UH accountable, that they should make this right", said UH patient Kate Plants. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and, with colleagues, purchased Pacific Fertility Center nine years later.

Last week, an OH hospital said more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged due to a refrigerator malfunction. Some samples date to the 1980s.

Hospital officials say more than 500 patients were affected, including some that provided samples in the 1980's.



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