Fertility clinics respond to egg, embryo storage failures

Second fertility clinic malfunction puts 400 patients' eggs, embryos at risk

The first class-action lawsuit was filed Sunday on behalf of OH couple Amber and Elliott Ash after Amber's mother alerted the couple last Thursday to news coverage of the malfunction at University Hospital Fertility Center in Cleveland, attorney Robert F. Dicello told ABC News.

"The damage has already been done", Wolf said.

For 27 years, the center has helped people struggling to start a family on their own.

On March 12, the law firm Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Carr & Kane, which has handled a number cases involving embryo loss and related issues pertaining to fertility clinics, filed suit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on behalf of a Pennsylvania couple and 700 other patients affected by University Hospital's faulty freezer, the report said.

On Friday March 9 2018, Spangenberg Shibley and Liber LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of those impacted by the University Hospitals Fertility Clinic freezer incident. "We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns". When the liquid nitrogen temperature rises above negative 150 degrees, the alarm sounds and the employees are notified through a phone call or email.

He went on to say that the eggs and embryos at risk were immediately transferred to a spare storage tank. "It's a tremendous loss", Amber said.

The alarm would call Dr. Plante and an embryologist.

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"A tank like that once it's filled you could fill it once a month and it would be fine", said Plante. "These people are running these programs without meaningful oversight and we want to make sure that changes".

He reassured that the clinic has "viable embryos" and that the clinic has put in place more fail-safe measures to prevent a repeat of the tank failure.

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

The center said it had brought in independent experts to conduct a full investigation and was reaching out to its patients: "We are truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause". But unlike the disaster in OH in which 99 to 100 percent has been destroyed, thousands of eggs and embryos were still able to survive in the San Francisco facility.

"We are still in the process of looking at what actually happened to the monitoring and temperature sensors".

At least three couples whose frozen eggs and embryos were destroyed filed lawsuits over the weekend, as dozens more were expected to sue University Hospitals in the coming days, lawyers said Monday. Once they are unthawed, they can't be refrozen. The plaintiff's claim that UH's failure to properly protect the embryos and eggs has caused economic loss for the amounts paid under the contract, future economic damages, loss of the value of human embryos, and loss of property to the Plaintiffs and other members of the Class. The couple just learned that their two remaining frozen embryos no longer are usable.

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