Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Eggs stored at a fertility clinic in danger due to a malfunction

Eggs stored at a fertility clinic in danger due to a malfunction

In a statement it said it did not yet know if any of the 2000 eggs and embryos could still be used.

No one was at the facility overnight on Saturday, and the storage tank was monitored both on and off-site.

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".

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.

Patti DePompei, president of UH MacDonald Women's Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, told NBC News this malfunction may have caused damage to numerous eggs and embryos - some of which have been stored for decades.

The temperature increase may have impacted more than 2,000 vials of eggs and embryos, affecting more than 500 patients.

UH's Fertility Center is primarily located at the hospital's Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, and has offices at the hospital's main campus and Crocker Park locations.

That means the hospital will have to sit down with more than 700 patients and decide how they want to proceed.

"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", Patti DePompei, president of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital, said in a video posted on Facebook Thursday.

These stored eggs and embryos may in some cases have been the only option for a woman or couple to have a biological child.

The hospital has attempted to notify everyone who has a specimen stored in the tank, but are concerned that some patients may have moved or changed contact information given the length of time that some eggs and embryos have been stored. DePompei said that this incident has been devastating for families involved and also for the physicians and nursing staff involved as well.

'We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns'. They said in a statement, "Right now, our patients come first".

The hospital has asked patients or those with questions to call the UH Fertility Center information line at 216-286-9740. According to the latest figures from the ARSM, more than 6,200 women froze their eggs in 2015. Most women need many more rounds to even become pregnant. The numbers since then have only risen.

Women have to fork up approximately $12,000 to $14,000 to undergo the procedure.

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