2000 eggs feared to be damaged at hospital

2000 eggs feared to be damaged at hospital

2000 eggs feared to be damaged at hospital

Hundreds of families' dreams of having a baby using frozen eggs or embryos may have been dashed due to a storage tank malfunction at an OH fertility center.

An incident over the weekend caused temperatures to rise in a tissue storage bank at the University Hospitals Fertility Clinic.

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 hundreds of patients.

"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", DePompei said.

Staff members are working with experts to "better understand the cause of this temperature fluctuation and ensure that it doesn't happen again", she said.

It is unknown at this time how much it will cost to fix this, with University Hospitals saying it could mean procedure fees would be waived for future treatment, according to WEWS. "And we want to do all that we can to support our patients and families through this hard time", said the clinic.

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DePompei said the hospital sent letters to all the affected patients on Tuesday morning, after verifying current addresses.

There is a call center available to answer questions and set up appointments. However, the only way to know if an embryo is still viable is to thaw and implant it. They have been moved to another cryo tank at the correct temperature. These eggs are watched over using a video surveillance and an alarm system. They said in a statement, "Right now, our patients come first". It's not clear how the affected patients will be compensated.

University Hospitals Fertility Center is responsible for the births of thousands of babies. The cost of the procedure range from at least $12,000 to $14,000.

'Our hearts go out to the patients who have suffered this loss, ' said ASRM's chief policy officer, Sean Tipton, to NBC News.

The process has become cheaper and increasing popular among young women wanting to preserve their fertility.

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