Second US fertility clinic reports egg storage tank malfunction

Second US fertility clinic reports egg storage tank malfunction

Second US fertility clinic reports egg storage tank malfunction

The failure was discovered by the clinic's lab director, who noticed the level of liquid nitrogen in one of its steel storage tanks was too low, which resulted in a temperature increase. Officials at the University Hospital Fertility Center in Cleveland said Thursday that a similar failure may have damaged 2,000 eggs and embryos.

On March 10, Pacific Fertility staff began notifying more than 400 patients who had all of their eggs or embryos stored in the affected tank and roughly 100 more patients who had about half of their eggs in the affected storage tank.

According to the Pacific Fertility website, egg-freezing costs $8,345 for the first round and $6,995 for each subsequent round.

The lab director transferred the eggs and embryos to a spare storage tank filled with nitrogen. "Anger is a big part of the phone call", Herbert said of his discussions with patients.

"Our clients are absolutely devastated, as I'm sure countless families across OH are in the wake of this catastrophic failure by University Hospitals", lawyer Mark DiCello says in the news release. "We need to think, if this tissue doesn't work, what are the next steps and have you not feel defeated".

The eggs and embryos have been moved to a different cryotank in the meantime, but their viability remains questionable. He said that the clinic's staff thawed a few eggs and found that they remain viable, though they do not know how many are still usable.

The Ashes are seeking at least $25,000 in damages.

The center said it had brought in independent experts to conduct a full investigation and was reaching out to its patients: "We are truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause".

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"This was a awful incident", Pacific Fertility Center President Carl Herbert, MD, told The Post.

It is the second clinic to report a fault that weekend.

In San Francisco, Dr. Herbert said the clinic is working to determine the effects of the tank failure.

University Hospitals officials say procedure fees could be waived for future treatment, according to CNN affiliate WEWS.

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 system revealed last week that a problem in one of two large freezers preserving specimens at the UH Fertility Center housed at the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood was discovered on the morning of March 4.

Herbert is a longtime physician and researcher in assisted reproductive technology. Some samples date to the 1980s.

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