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

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

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 storage tank had off-site monitoring and an audible alarm that would alert staff to such a temperature change. DePompei said they are investigating how this happened.

Patti DePompei, president of the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital, said the incident happened sometime after staff left the previous afternoon, per Plain Dealer.

The potential damage to hundreds or thousands of eggs would be a devastating financial and emotional blow to the respective patients, which include women donating their eggs, women hoping to delay a pregnancy or women storing extra embryos while they undergo in vitro fertilization.

More than 500 families could be affected as a result of the major malfunction linked to the long-term storage tank containing liquid nitrogen at the University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland. None of the eggs or embryos will be destroyed, WKYC reported, and University Hospitals has reported the incident to federal regulators.

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These stored eggs and embryos may in some cases have been the only option for a woman or couple to have a biological child.

As of now these eggs and embryos have been moved to a working tank. "We are committed to getting answers and working with our patients individually to address their concerns". "Right now, our patients and families are our first priority". "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", UH said in a statement. The help-line number they have announced is a 24-hour hotline 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 numbers since then have only risen.

Despite the fact that the cost of egg solidifying has descended as of late, the expenses can run from at any rate $12,000 to $14,000 for a lady to experience the methodology.

'Our hearts go out to the patients who have suffered this loss, ' said ASRM's chief policy officer, Sean Tipton, to NBC News.


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