ibusinesslines.com September 18, 2018

Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital

09 March 2018, 09:21 | Melissa Porter

Modal Trigger Shutterstock

Fertility clinic disaster may have destroyed thousands of frozen eggs embryos

However, the only way to know if an embryo is still viable is to thaw and implant it.

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

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital president Patti DePompei also apologised via a video on Facebook.

A fertility clinic in OH is investigating temperature fluctuations that effected eggs and embryos of hundreds of patients.

The temperature in one of the site's two liquid nitrogen tanks storing specimens at University Hospitals' UH Fertility Center in suburban Cleveland rose above acceptable limits overnight Saturday, according to the Plain Dealer. None of the eggs or embryos will be destroyed, WKYC reported, and University Hospitals has reported the incident to federal regulators. An American Society for Reproductive Medicine rep says nothing like this has ever happened at a United States fertility clinic. There has been a temperature fluctuation that may have damaged the stored eggs they said. These eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and taken to a laboratory where they are cooled to subzero temperatures in a liquid nitrogen tank.

These stored eggs and embryos may in some cases have been the only option for a woman or couple to have a biological child. "We are committed to getting answers and working with our patients individually to address their concerns".

"Right now, our patients come first". Per a University Hospitals statement cited by News 5 Cleveland, the facility has "initiated contact with all of our patients", and a call center has been set up so patients can set up meetings with doctors.

The hospital has asked patients or those with questions to call the UH Fertility Center information line at 216-286-9740.

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 eggs and embryos have been moved to a different cryotank in the meantime, but their viability remains questionable. The cost of the procedure range from at least $12,000 to $14,000.

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

"Our hearts go out to the patients who have endured this misfortune", said Sean Tipton, boss strategy officer at ASRM.

Other News

Trending Now

Grillo, Pablo shine on a rough day
But he came back on his final nine to shoot 32 with four birdies and was six strokes behind the early leaders. I shot a few low numbers in my career and this one is right in my top five.

Terry Crews' Sexual Assault Claim Declined By LA City Attorney
Representatives for Crews and William Morris Endeavor did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Venit. "Mr. The report happened over a year since the incident, but Crews insinuated on Twitter there is more to the case being dropped.

Mohammed Shami charged with attempt to murder wife
The Jadavpur Police registered the case under relevant IPC sections pertaining to rape, domestic violence and attempt to murder. Presently, this pacer is in a deep soup for allegations of domestic violence. "This has been going on for several months".

US Offers Canada-Mexico Tariff Waiver to Ease Nafta Path
It was a decision that served the interests of Americans as well as businesses and workers in this country and Mexico. Trudeau told Trump the potential tariffs on Canada are an impediment to a deal on Nafta.

Robert Downey Jr. Says Infinity War Is a 'Heads-Will-Roll Scenario'
Thanos' level of threat can not be easily addressed by a divided group of heroes. In Phase 4 it is safe to say audiences will meet a new roster of the Avengers .

Kenyatta, Odinga meet with pledge to unite Kenyans after chaotic polls
The election season blunted growth in Kenya, East Africa's richest economy and a Western ally in a volatile region. In January, Mr Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath in a Nairobi park in a direct challenge to Mr Kenyatta.

Microsoft now selling its own edition of the Samsung Galaxy S9
Kuo himself is not a believer of face recognition, no matter how many times Apple preaches it. Vivo uses Synaptics' Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprint sensor in its smartphone.