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Frozen Eggs and Embryos No Longer Viable After Hospital Mishap?

11 March 2018, 01:34 | Rodolfo Quinn

Malfunction At Freezing Facility Could Have Damaged Thousands Of Frozen Eggs, Embryos

UH Fertility Clinic investigating failure involving eggs and embryos

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.

The viability of all the stored eggs and embryos is also unknown, said Patti DePompei, president of UH's Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and UH MacDonald Women's Hospital.

"Some of the eggs and embryos that were stored date back decades and people move, their addresses change but we've made our best attempts to track down everyone that we can", DePompei said. It remains to be seen whether patients whose tissue was in the freezer will still be expected to pay, DePompei told NBC News.

The recent incident has caused concern for University Hospitals, which has reached out to patients to learn if the eggs and embryos are still viable.

University Hospitals is considering waiving fees for any future procedures for anyone who had eggs or embryos stored, according to WEWS future.

Right now, our patients come first. There has been a temperature fluctuation that may have damaged the stored eggs they said. We have already initiated contact with all of our patients to inform them and respond to their questions, and set up a designated call center to arrange personal meetings or calls with their physicians.

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Thousands of eggs and embryos may have been destroyed after a hospital fridge malfunctioned.

Samples would have to be thawed to determine whether they've been damaged.

"We are so very sorry this happened and we want to do all we can to support our patients and families through this very hard time".

"We will work with the patient one on one to understand her needs, understand how we might be able to offer some other avenue for her to achieve fertility, it may not be the exact thing that she had planned but we as physicians will work with the patient one on one and arrive at hopefully a way to help that individual", Dr. Liu said. The cost of the procedure range from at least $12,000 to $14,000. Sean Tipton, chief policy officer at ASRM expressed his sympathy for the affected families and said the organization would look into the matter ensuring this is not repeated.

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

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