University Hospitals statement concerning fertility clinic


According to The Washington Post, a liquid nitrogen storage tank at the clinic located outside Cleveland, where more than 2,000 frozen embryos and eggs are stored, unexpectedly heated up.

"It was my everything, it was my future", said patient Katelyn Gurbach".

He added: "We hope there is some further relief for our clients as the result of this lawsuit, but nothing will ever truly make this 100 percent right".

Katelyn Gurbach had tumors on her ovaries.

A second US fertility clinic has reported malfunction in a storage tank that may leave some frozen eggs and embryos compromised following a similar incident revealed a few days ago.

"They wanted to have children for some time", Wolf said, but because of the malfunction, that hope might be dashed, as the couple can not afford another round of expensive treatment, he added.

The hospital has issued an apology after the unexplained malfunction caused temperatures inside the storage tank to rise.

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"We have very stringent protocols in place and we want to reassure our patients that we have their best interests at heart", she said.

"At this point, we do not know the viability of all of the stored eggs and embryos, although we do know some have been impacted", said Patti DePompei, president of UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, in a video posted Thursday on Facebook.

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Hunt said staff members at the Grand Rapids clinic also physically check the tanks every week.

"It's a rare event".

The incident affects about 700 patients.

The number of egg-freezing patients jumped from 475 in 2009 to 7,518 in 2015, the most recent year for which figures are available from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. Officials tell Channel 3, their tanks are monitored 24/7.

"We've never been able to separate the embryo debate from the abortion debate in the United States", Annas said.

The tanks are replaced every 10 years, even though they could likely last longer.

The clinic in California informed about 400 patients of the failure, which occurred March 4.

"Our hearts go out to all the families that are potentially affected by the thawing of these embryos and eggs", said Shavell.

A fertility expert commented that the almost simultaneous storage failures at two fertility clinics across the country from each other were "beyond stunning" but that it appeared to be just a coincidence. DiCello Levitt & Casey is conducting investigations of potential similar lawsuits at clinics across the country, including a San Francisco facility that experienced a similar malfunction earlier this month, according to a news release.