A malfunction at Cleveland fertility clinic
A malfunction at Cleveland fertility clinic. Patti DePompei, president of the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and the MacDonald Women’s Hospital, defines the “absolutely devastating” situation. He says that the temperature in one of the two large freezers holding samples at the UH Fertility Center near Cleveland, for unknown reasons, exceeded the acceptable limit overnight.
Hospital officials say that more than 500 patients were affected, including some who provided samples in the 1980s. The hospital informed the patients on Tuesday.
All samples were moved to another storage tank in the structure.
Patients usually pay about $ 12,000 without insurance for in vitro fertilization. It is not clear how affected patients will be compensated.
The freezer, which is one of two of the UH Fertility Centers, contained about 2,000 eggs and embryos, Dr James Liu, President of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UH Cleveland Medical Center, told Cleveland.com. Some of the stored eggs were dumped in the 1980s, he said.
The situation is “devastating for the families involved and devastating to our doctors, nurses and employees,” said NBC News Patti DePompei, president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and MacDonald Women’s Hospital.
The university hospitals have initiated an investigation into his “unexpected temperature fluctuations”. Since then, all the tissue has been transferred to a working tank.
No one was on the site during Saturday night, and the storage tank was monitored both on and off the plant.
“Until we know the problem that caused it, we will check the tank 24 hours a day,” said Liu Cleveland.com.
Patients were sent letters on Tuesday and they could call a hotline to deal with the incident. The only way to know if an embryo is still viable, however, is to defrost and implant it.
“We are incredibly sorry, we are determined to receive answers and work individually with patients to respond to their concerns,” the university said in a statement.
On average, egg cell freezing costs between $ 12,000 and $ 14,000. It remains to be seen if patients whose tissues were in the freezer still have to pay, he told NBC News DePompei.
The incident occurs when more and more women decide to freeze eggs because of illness or because they fear that the quality and quantity of their eggs will decrease over time.
Between 2009 and 2015, the number of women freezing eggs rose from 475 to over 6,200, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, which represents the majority of fertility clinics in the United States.