Malfunction Leads to Loss of Frozen Eggs, Embryos

Malfunction Leads to Loss of Frozen Eggs, Embryos

CLEVELAND, Ohio- University Hospital officials say they've increased security at the Ahuja Medical Center after 700 patients were notified that the frozen eggs and embyros they stored at the Fertility Center may have been damaged over the weekend when the temperature rose in a storage tank.

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 problem was discovered Sunday morning and happened some time after staff left the previous afternoon, according to Patti DePompei, president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital.

"At this point we do not know the viability of all of the stored eggs and embryos although we do know some have been impacted", she said in a video message posted to Facebook on Friday. It remains to be seen whether patients whose tissue was in the freezer will still be expected to pay, DePompei told NBC News. "But we do know that the temperature that was measured at a portion of the tank was higher than our acceptable limits".

The hospital is reaching out to each patient individually, both through letter and phone call.

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

Serena Williams beats Zarina Dyas in first round at Indian Wells
BT Sport is the live home of 52 WTA events per season - find out how we get you live in just 15 minutes right here . If Venus had any idea she and Serena could meet so early in the Indian Wells draw, she wasn't letting on.

The typical process of storage or freezing of the eggs involves an extraction of the eggs from a woman after which it is stored in liquid nitrogen tanks in a cryogenic facility.

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

University Hospitals does not know how or why the temperature fluctuated, and has launched an investigation to determine exactly what happened, it said in a statement Thursday. "We will work with our member clinics to help them take any steps needed to ensure such an event never happens again".

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

Costs for fertility treatments and in vitro fertilization range from clinic to clinic but usually runs to be about tens of thousands of dollars.

"Our hearts go out to the patients who have suffered this loss", Sean Tipton, chief policy officer at ASRM, told NBC News.

Related Articles

  • Court rules in favor of fired transgender funeral director

    Court rules in favor of fired transgender funeral director

    The funeral home has since instituted a $150-per-year clothing stipend for women employees required to comply with the dress code. Obama issued an executive order to that effect for schools across the nation that was reversed by President Trump.
    Mario Tennis Aces heads to Switch in June

    Mario Tennis Aces heads to Switch in June

    Since it's inception on the Nintendo 64 in 2000, Nintendo has gone on to release seven games under the Mario Tennis name. Zone Shots, which can damage an opponent's racket, are one kind of powered-up option that players have at their disposal.
    Giants Acquire Alec Ogletree In Trade With Rams

    Giants Acquire Alec Ogletree In Trade With Rams

    Ogletree was a first-round pick out of Georgia in 2013 and started all but one game he appeared in for the Rams since. The fourth-round pick the Rams will receive is the Giants' second selection of that round and is a compensatory pick.
  • Shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home, 3 hostages

    Shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home, 3 hostages

    The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press . The Napa County Register reports the man is wearing body armor and armed with an automatic weapon.
    A Dark Souls Amiibo Is Coming So Praise The Sun

    A Dark Souls Amiibo Is Coming So Praise The Sun

    Yes, the Solaire of Astora figure will be making its debut alongside the Nintendo Switch version of the game, going for $15.99. FromSoftware's classic RPG is making a return in remastered form across PS4, Xbox One , PC and Nintendo Switch in 2018.
    Heroine's Oscar Award Statuette Stolen

    Heroine's Oscar Award Statuette Stolen

    A video posted to a Facebook page appeared to show Bryant kissing and showing off the trophy during the Governor's Ball . He was captured on the AP video holding it proudly over his head and saying, "All right baby boys and baby girls".
  • United Nations  suspects genocide acts against Rohingya

    United Nations suspects genocide acts against Rohingya

    Aung San Suu Kyi was the second person to receive the Elie Wiesel Award, after only Wiesel himself. Her party won a landslide victory in 2015 and she became state counsellor.
    Madras HC directs Tamil Nadu government to ensure law and order

    Madras HC directs Tamil Nadu government to ensure law and order

    Soon after the triumph of the Tripura Election, alleged BJP workers vandalized the statue of Vladimir Lenin , a communist leader. The vandalising of statues has triggered a protest and the Dalit community are furious with the action.
    Walmart to expand meal-kit service

    Walmart to expand meal-kit service

    Thai Curry Chicken and Chicken Fried Rice dishes are in the rotisserie chicken lineup. Walmart, the biggest grocer in the United States, is expanding its meal-kit business.
  • Derrick Rose signing with Wolves, will reunite Thibodeau

    Derrick Rose signing with Wolves, will reunite Thibodeau

    I'm not here for stats or anything like that. "We just thought he could help the team", Thibodeau told reporters Thursday morning. I think he's seen a lot of different things, he's familiar with what we're doing, he's played with some of the guys we have.
    Leicester's Riyad Mahrez: Joining Man City would have been 'a good move'

    Leicester's Riyad Mahrez: Joining Man City would have been 'a good move'

    Everything is very good. " Manchester City is a good move for everyone but it is the past". After the last consultation with many doctors, I've chose to stay away from football.
    Meghan Markle Can't Marry Prince Harry Until This Event Has Happened

    Meghan Markle Can't Marry Prince Harry Until This Event Has Happened

    One London doctor has claimed Meghan Markle , who will marry into the royal family this May, as most attractive of the bunch. These things it's always unfortunate we still need, but it's an incredible thing.