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University Hospitals statement concerning fertility clinic

University Hospitals statement concerning fertility clinic

University Hospitals officials have been looking into the issue.

Hundreds of families' dreams of having a baby using frozen eggs or embryos may have been dashed.

The storage tank had off-site monitoring and an audible alarm that would alert staff to such a temperature change.

Approximately 500 to 600 families were affected by the malfunction and University Hospitals have begun the tedious task of reaching out to all the families to see how they wish to proceed. Some of these have been stored for decades. 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.

'But we do know that the temperature that was measured at a portion of the tank was higher than our acceptable limits'.

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

The UH is bringing in experts to look into the matter. Right now, our patients come first. An American Society for Reproductive Medicine rep says nothing like this has ever happened at a U.S. fertility clinic.




'We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns'. "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".

It is exacerbated by the fact that the only way to determine if the specimens are viable is to thaw them, Liu told the Plain Dealer.

"Clearly the circumstance that happened here is destroying for the families included, and it's staggering for our doctors and our medical attendants and our staff too", said DePompei.

USA Today reported the status of the 2,000 eggs and embryos was still not clear.

Eggs are frozen in order to postpone pregnancy. The numbers since then have only risen.

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

'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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