Eggs stored at a fertility clinic in danger due to a malfunction

Eggs stored at a fertility clinic in danger due to a malfunction

Eggs stored at a fertility clinic in danger due to a malfunction

More than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos stored at a Cleveland area fertility clinic may no longer be viable after temperatures in a storage bank rose over the weekend.

After the incident, the eggs and embryos were moved to new liquid nitrogen tanks, and they are set at the correct temperature.

"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.

"Until we know the issue that caused this we will be monitoring the tank 24/7", Liu told

This is a representational image showing a technician opening a vessel containing women's frozen egg cells in Amsterdam, April 6, 2011. "We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns", the University Hospitals statement said.

That means the hospital will have to sit down with more than 700 patients and decide how they want to proceed.

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The hospital said the additional security at all Ahuja hospital entrances began Friday morning and is "for the safety of our patients and staff".

These stored eggs and embryos may in some cases have been the only option for a woman or couple to have a biological child. All of the tissue has since been transferred to a working tank.

The typical process of storage or freezing of the eggs involves an extraction of the eggs from a woman after which it is stored in liquid nitrogen tanks in a cryogenic facility.

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. We have initiated an investigation to identify the cause of this event. The cost of the procedure range from at least $12,000 to $14,000.

The potential damage to hundreds or thousands of eggs would be a devastating financial and emotional blow to the respective patients, which include women donating their eggs, women hoping to delay a pregnancy or women storing extra embryos while they undergo in vitro fertilization.

"Our hearts go out to the patients who have suffered this loss", Sean Tipton, chief policy officer at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ARSM) reportedly said.

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