Eggs stored at a fertility clinic in danger due to a malfunction
Eggs stored at a fertility clinic in danger due to a malfunction
Malfunction At Freezing Facility Could Have Damaged Thousands Of Frozen Eggs, Embryos
09 March, 2018, 21:54
There have been no threats, said hospital officials.
The officials said that one of the long-term storage tank that contained liquid nitrogen had an equipment failure that caused the temperatures to rise temporarily.
College Hospitals has been connecting with patients who can choose how to continue - the best way to know whether an egg or developing life is as yet feasible is to defrost and embed it.
Between the overnight hours of Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, one of the egg and embryo liquid nitrogen storage tanks began warming up. These eggs are watched over using a video surveillance and an alarm system.
The situation is "devastating for the families involved, and it's devastating for our physicians and our nurses and our staff as well", Patti DePompei, president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital, told NBC News.
The UH is bringing in experts to look into the matter.
The dilemma for those involved is that their eggs and embryos have to be completely thawed to determine whether they are still viable, but if thawed, they can not be refrozen. "We will work with our part clinics to enable them to make any strides expected to guarantee such an occasion never happens again".
'We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns'. "Right now, our patients and families are our first priority".
"Clearly the circumstance that happened here is destroying for the families included, and it's staggering for our doctors and our medical attendants and our staff too", said DePompei.
The eggs and embryos have been moved to a different cryotank in the meantime, but their viability remains questionable.
With more women deciding on a late motherhood, freezing eggs has become increasingly popular.
Eggs are frozen in order to postpone pregnancy.
Egg freezing has grown in popularity, with more than 6,2000 women going through the procedure in 2015, according to the AmericanSociety for Reproductive Medicine.
'Our hearts go out to the patients who have suffered this loss, ' said ASRM's chief policy officer, Sean Tipton, to NBC News.
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