Thousands of frozen eggs, embryos possibly damaged at Ohio hospital

Thousands of frozen eggs, embryos possibly damaged at Ohio hospital

Thousands of frozen eggs, embryos possibly damaged at Ohio hospital

"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, the president of University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, in a Facebook video announcing the news. The hospital began notifying patients Tuesday.

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. It is unknown whether the problem was caused by a human error or mechanical failure.

Staff members are working with experts to "better understand the cause of this temperature fluctuation and ensure that it doesn't happen again", she said. The tanks are attached with alarms, which will go off if the temperature drops below a certain level.

No one was at the facility overnight on Saturday, and the storage tank was monitored both on and off-site. "Our fear is a significant number of embryos and eggs have been compromised".

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This story has been corrected to show that around 700 patients are affected, not 500 patients. None of the eggs or embryos will be destroyed, WKYC reported, and University Hospitals has reported the incident to federal regulators. It's not clear how the affected patients will be compensated.

University Hospitals is considering waiving fees for any future procedures for anyone who had eggs or embryos stored, according to WEWS future. "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". "People move, their addresses change but we've made our best attempts to track down everyone". "Obviously the situation that occurred here is devastating for the families involved, and it's devastating for. our staff", DePompei tells NBC News.

The news came to patients in the form of a letter on Thursday.

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