2 fertility clinic failures 'beyond stunning'

2 fertility clinic failures 'beyond stunning'

A second fertility clinic says thousands of frozen eggs and embryos may have been jeopardized from a freezer failure.

San Francisco-based Pacific Fertility Center informed roughly 500 fertility patients that a storage tank malfunction March 4 may have left their eggs and embryos unviable, according to The Washington Post.

Lawyers for Amber and Elliott Ash, of the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, and an unidentified Pennsylvania couple have sued University Hospitals after its fertility clinic in suburban Cleveland discovered a storage tank malfunction March 4 and said last week that as many as 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged.

The same weekend, a similar problem at a different facility, Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco.

He is unaware of a single case like this one - involving the loss of eggs and embryos at a fertility clinic - that made it to trial. "Our goal is to provide all the patients we see with some kind of a family".

The dilemma for those involved is that their eggs and embryos have to be completely thawed to determine whether they are still viable, but if thawed, they can not be refrozen. The hospital hasn't said whether it would compensate about 700 affected patients, who are being notified through letters and telephone calls.

The hospital has issued an apology after the unexplained malfunction caused temperatures inside the storage tank to rise. "The medical community calls it tissue". Pacific Fertility said in a statement that "the vast majority of the eggs and embryos in the lab were unaffected, and the facility is operating securely".

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UH reported the incident to federal regulators that monitor fertility clinics known as CLIA, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments. Another filled tank replaced it, and the tissue specimens were transferred.

A spokesperson with the clinic told the post that an estimated 15 percent of the clinic's total number of eggs and embryos were in the damaged tank. They have not checked any of the embryos, he said.

Herbert told the Post his discussions with patients were emotional.

Last week, an OH hospital said more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged due to a refrigerator malfunction.

"We just want to hold UH accountable, that they should make this right", said UH patient Kate Plants.

"Never in their worst nightmares does that embryo become not viable because of conduct or misconduct of the clinic", Wolf said. Some samples date to the 1980s.

Hospital officials said in a statement on Thursday that they were investigating the incident and that it remained unknown whether the cause there was a human error or mechanical failure.

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