Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital

Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital

Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital

Hospital officials say more than 500 patients were affected, including some that provided samples in the 1980's.

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. Those letters should have been received Thursday. Per a University Hospitals statement cited by News 5 Cleveland, the facility has "initiated contact with all of our patients", and a call center has been set up so patients can set up meetings with doctors.

In response to the news, the clinic has set up a hotline (216-286-9740).

At the tissue storage bank, these eggs and embryos are stored in liquid nitrogen according to a hospital spokesperson's statement yesterday (8th of March 2018). The frozen eggs and embryos play a crucial part in the whole process, but they have to be stored in certain conditions and at certain temperatures to remain viable.

"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", she said in a video message posted to Facebook on Friday. "We will work with our member clinics to help them take any steps needed to ensure such an event never happens again".

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UH reported the incident to federal regulators that monitor fertility clinics known as CLIA, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments.

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The cost of fixing this disaster. University Hospitals says it won't destroy the eggs and embryos, though whether patients will get their money back isn't yet clear. UH says it could mean procedure fees would be waived for future treatment.

The average cost of fertility treatment can be around $10,000 so the financial impact is expected to be significant.

"We are so very sorry, we want to do all that we can to support them and we will stand by to answer questions and address them, understanding that we may not have all of those answers right now", DePompei said.

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