Families sue Cleveland clinic after malfunction possibly destroyed embryos

Families sue Cleveland clinic after malfunction possibly destroyed embryos

Two fertility clinics across the country from each other experienced equipment failures on the same day that may have damaged hundreds of frozen eggs and embryos, something that a fertility expert called a stunning coincidence and that is already producing lawsuits from crestfallen couples.

The clinic also sent out emails to two other groups of patients about the failure - an estimated 100 patients who had tissue in the problematic tank and another tank, and then a second group whose embryos and eggs remained undamaged.

"What is most disturbing to me is that everyone I talked to has been informed by UH that their embryos are not viable, they've been destroyed, different from what has been out there publicly which has been that they've been compromised, we don't know".

More families are suing University Hospitals after eggs and embryos they had stored at the University Hospitals Fertility Clinic were jeopardized. The number of eggs and embryos affected was not disclosed. "The clinic has reported the incident to the College of American Pathologists, which certifies labs, and the overseers of California's tissue banks", Herbert said.

"At this point, we do not know the viability of all the stored eggs and embryos, although we do know some have been impacted", DePompei said in a video statement posted on Facebook.

Tipton said he was unaware of similar malfunctions that damaged thousands of eggs and embryos.

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Carl Herbert, a doctor and clinic president, told the newspaper that the clinic's laboratory director discovered during a routine inspection that the level of liquid nitrogen in the tank was low, which can cause the temperature to rise. Herbert told the Post some of the eggs in the tank had been tested, and were undamaged.

The couple says their embryos are now no longer viable. The only way to determine if they've been damaged is to let them thaw, but they can not be frozen again.

"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.

Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco is seen in this Google maps undated image.

In the Cleveland incident at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center's fertility clinic, officials notified about 700 patients that their frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged. UH officials say the lawsuit will not affect an ongoing independent review into the malfunction.

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