Freezer malfunction leaves more than 2000 frozen eggs and embryos at risk

Posted March 11, 2018

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 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.

DePompei said the temperature fluctuation had occurred "due to reasons unknown" and that the hospital had launched a major investigation to find out what happened. Patients were notified beginning Tuesday but the hospital shared the problem with news media Thursday evening.

DePompei notes the temperature spike took place sometime between Saturday afternoon, when staff left for the day, and early Sunday. University Hospitals says it won't destroy the eggs and embryos, though whether patients will get their money back isn't yet clear.

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There is a call center available to answer questions and set up appointments. An American Society for Reproductive Medicine rep says nothing like this has ever happened at a USA fertility clinic.

University Clinic adds that it plans on doing the right thing by its patients and their families, but doesn't go into detail as to what that would entail.

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

All of the samples have been moved to another storage tank at the facility. The cryogenic facilities where the eggs are stored are typically monitored with video surveillance and alarm systems. The line is staffed by nurse professionals from 7 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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Over the weekend, a malfunction caused the temperature to rise in a storage bank at the University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.

DePompei stated: 'We are working very very carefully to determine how we can best support them through the process'. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ARSM), as many as 6200 women froze their eggs in 2015. The cost of the procedure range from at least $12,000 to $14,000.

With more women deciding on a late motherhood, freezing eggs has become increasingly popular.

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