Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Thousands of Frozen Eggs and Embryos Feared Destroyed at California Fertility Clinic

Thousands of Frozen Eggs and Embryos Feared Destroyed at California Fertility Clinic

Egg freezing has grown in popularity, with an estimated 20,000 United States women who have had the procedure, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.

An outrageous mishap at a fertility clinic in Cleveland.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Robert DiCello of DiCello, Levitt & Casey, is on behalf of Amber and Elliott Ash, who had two embryos stored with UH.

The lawsuits are a result of the potential loss of more than 2,000 eggs and embryos at UH's Fertility Center two weekends ago.

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Pacific Fertility Clinic in San Francisco, California, confirmed that there was a liquid nitrogen failure in a storage tank in the facility.

"Anger is a big part of the phone call", Herbert told the Post. 'Our goal is to provide all the patients we see with some kind of a family. Too little liquid nitrogen causes the temperature to rise, with a risk of damage to the tissue housed in vials called cryolocks.

Approximately 500 to 600 families were affected by the OH fertility clinic tank failure.

The hospital started contacting each of the families last week to determine how they would like to proceed with their eggs and embryos.

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

The hospital reported Thursday that about 2,000 eggs and embryos that had been frozen in the tank may not be viable after the unexpected change in temperature. Herbert said the problem was "immediately rectified", and he also praised the clinic's decision to replace the troubled tank with the new one. While the staff spent days sorting through records to verify which patients' tissue was inside, he said they do not yet know how many of them were still planning to use it. Once they are thawed, they can't be refrozen.

"We would love to have our own biological child, so when we found out that that decision was made for us, and they're destroyed, you're grieving the loss of your own child essentially because your hopes and dreams are put into that embryo", Kate Plants said. In 1982, he helped the nation's earliest reproductive technology programme at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and, with colleagues, purchased Pacific Fertility Center nine years later.

Lawsuits are piling up against University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland, after more than 600 women and couples were informed their frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged. Some dated to the 1980s.

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Hospital officials say more than 500 patients were affected, including some that provided samples in the 1980's.

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