Malfunction Leads to Loss of Frozen Eggs, Embryos

Parents on edge after learning embryos possibly destroyed at fertility center

CLEVELAND, Ohio- University Hospital officials say they've increased security at the Ahuja Medical Center after 700 patients were notified that the frozen eggs and embyros they stored at the Fertility Center may have been damaged over the weekend when the temperature rose in a storage tank.

A long haul stockpiling tank containing fluid nitrogen at the University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland encountered a clear hardware disappointment over the previous end of the week, enabling the temperature to end up hotter than it should.

'We don't know the reasons why yet, ' Patti DePompei, President of the UH MacDonald Women's Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, told NBC News. At this time, we don't yet know the viability of these eggs and embryos.

University Hospitals does not know how or why the temperature fluctuated, and has launched an investigation to determine exactly what happened, it said in a statement Thursday. "We are committed to getting answers and working with our patients individually to address their concerns".

The tank was plugged into the hospital's emergency power supply and was therefore hooked up to a generator, so it did not lose power, De Pompei said, per the Plain Dealer.

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Between 2009 and 2015, the number of women freezing their eggs has jumped from 475 and to more than 6,200 according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology which represents most fertility clinics in the U.S., USA Today reported. Some of these have been stored for decades.

In order to see if the egg or embryo is still viable, it has to be thawed out and implanted.

DePompei notes the temperature spike took place sometime between Saturday afternoon, when staff left for the day, and early Sunday. "And we want to do all that we can to support our patients and families through this hard time", said the clinic. Harvesting and storing eggs cost patients thousands of dollars with one round of in vitro fertilization topping $15,000. Per a University Hospitals statement cited by News 5 Cleveland, the facility has "initiated contact with all of our patients", and a call center has been set up so patients can set up meetings with doctors.

On average, freezing eggs can cost between $12,000 and $14,000.

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