University Hospitals statement concerning fertility clinic

Kristen Gonzales
March 11, 2018

A malfunction in a storage bank at an OH fertility clinic may cause damage to more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos, according to media reports.

There have been no threats, said hospital officials.

Prior to surgery, she underwent fertility treatment at University Hospitals to harvest eggs for her future. All have been moved to another cryo tank at the correct temperature.

"We are working very very carefully to determine how we can best support them through the process", DePompei said, while saying it was unclear whether fertility procedure fees for the affected patients will be waived. This could be heart-breaking for around 500 to 600 families, say the officials.

The clinic says that it doesn't know yet whether or not the viability of the eggs and embryos stored in liquid nitrogen at the affected bank has been compromised. In order to determine whether or not the eggs and embryos are still viable, they have to be completely thawed, but they can not be refrozen after that.

According to Patti DePompei, president, UH MacDonald Women's Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, these eggs may no longer be viable for use. "Obviously the situation that occurred here is devastating for the families involved, and it's devastating for. our staff", DePompei tells NBC News. The cryogenic facilities where the eggs are stored are typically monitored with video surveillance and alarm systems.

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The UH is bringing in experts to look into the matter.

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.

"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".

A call center has also been set up to arrange personal meetings or calls with physicians. The help-line number they have announced is a 24-hour hotline 216-286-9740.

University Hospitals Fertility Center is responsible for the births of thousands of babies. The only way to know if they are still viable is to implant them says the hospital.

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

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