University Hospitals statement concerning fertility clinic

UH Fertility Clinic investigating failure involving eggs and embryos

UH Fertility Clinic investigating failure involving eggs and embryos

The only way to check if an egg or embryo is viable is to thaw it, which is only done when it is to be used imminently. DePompei said they are investigating how this happened.

The organization said it has launched an investigation into the cause of the malfunction, bringing in independent experts.

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.

The freezer, which is one of two at the UH Fertility Center, held around 2,000 egg and embryo specimens, Dr James Liu, chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UH Cleveland Medical Center, told Cleveland.com.

According to University Hospitals, none of the eggs and embryos impacted by the partial thaw will be destroyed.

More than 500 families could be affected as a result of the major malfunction linked to the long-term storage tank containing liquid nitrogen at the University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland. About 700 patients were affected, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.


"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. There has been a temperature fluctuation that may have damaged the stored eggs they said. They have been moved to another cryo tank at the correct temperature.

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

She added: 'Right now, our patients come first. These eggs are watched over using a video surveillance and an alarm system.

The facility has set up a call center for patients to arrange and appointment or calls to speak with their physicians. The help-line number they have announced is a 24-hour hotline 216-286-9740.

With more women deciding on a late motherhood, freezing eggs has become increasingly popular.

Egg freezing has grown in popularity, with more than 6,2000 women going through the procedure in 2015, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The cost of the procedure range from at least $12,000 to $14,000.

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