Dr Kevin Doody is lab director at the Center for Assisted Reproduction in Texas and past president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.
An "unexpected temperature fluctuation with the tissue storage bank" occurred over the weekend of March 3 and 4, according to a statement from UH on March 8, at which point the system didn't know the viability of the eggs and embryos. And a larger group whose tissue was unaffected. "Our goal is to provide all the patients we see with some kind of a family".
What happens to the eggs and embryos?
Clinic spokesman Alden Romney told the Post the eggs and embryos from the troubled tank represent as much as 15 percent of the total stored at the facility. They have not checked any of the embryos, he said.
The hospital said in a statement on its website that officials are investigating the cause of the malfunction. When the liquid nitrogen temperature rises above negative 150 degrees, the alarm sounds and the employees are notified through a phone call or email. Embryos - fertilized eggs - are stored individually.
Amber and Elliott Ash, of Bay Village, said they had two embryos stored at the clinic after Elliott's cancer diagnosis in 2003.
Herbert told the Post, "This was a bad incident, but I was reassured that".
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A fertility expert says that the almost simultaneous storage failures at two fertility clinics across the country from each other are "beyond stunning" but that it appears to be just a coincidence.
Hunt said staff members at the Grand Rapids clinic also physically check the tanks every week.
"As soon as the issue was discovered, our most senior embryologists took immediate action to transfer those tissues from the affected equipment to a new piece of equipment".
According to the National Institute of Health, the cost of freezing and storing eggs can be as high as $10,000 per year.
"I've talked to a lot of women and couples who have spoken with their fertility doctors, and not a one of them has been told that their embryos are still viable", Merriman said. At least one family told us they have been informed by UH that their embryos are no longer viable. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and, with colleagues, purchased Pacific Fertility Center nine years later.
The lawsuit alleges that University Hospitals failed to properly monitor the liquid nitrogen storage tank containing the frozen embryos and eggs; failed to implement appropriate policies and procedures to protect the embryos and eggs from any environmental control malfunctions of the storage tanks/freezers; and failed to maintain the human embryos and/or eggs in a usable form and condition as required under the contract they entered with their patients. Some of the samples date to the 1980s, said Dr. James Liu, head of the hospital's obstetrics and gynecology department.