Between the overnight hours Saturday to Sunday, one of the egg and embryo liquid nitrogen storage tanks began warming up. "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", UH said in the statement.
This is a representational image showing a technician opening a vessel containing women's frozen egg cells in Amsterdam, April 6, 2011. An American Society for Reproductive Medicine rep says nothing like this has ever happened at a United States fertility clinic. They do not know yet if it was a mechanical malfunction or human error. Storage for embryos also cost hundreds of dollars from year to year but have shown to last in the freezer process for decades. And for some families, the treatment is their only chance at conceiving a child.
The hospital said it does not yet know what caused the problem and is investigating.
"It's devastating", DePompei told WKYC.
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.
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Embryologists who arrived at the center on Sunday morning were alerted by an alarm that the temperature of the tank had increased, administrators told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Each vile contained two to three eggs or embryos from each patient.
All of the samples have been moved to another storage tank that's being monitored by staff around the clock.
Hundreds of patients at University Hospitals Fertility Center are dealing with some devastating news.
It is unknown at this time how much it will cost to fix this, with University Hospitals saying it could mean procedure fees would be waived for future treatment, according to WEWS. "We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns", University Hospitals said in a statement. Some people had multiple samples stored, and some eggs and embryos have been stored since the 1980s.
"We don't know the reasons why yet", DePompei said. UH over-nighted letters to all patients impacted.