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Cleveland Fertility Clinic Loses More Than 4000 Eggs and Embryos

Cleveland Fertility Clinic Loses More Than 4000 Eggs and Embryos

University Hospitals now says more than 4,000 eggs and embryos were lost, affecting almost 1,000 patients, which is double the number previously reported.

Couples who had stored their egg and embryos at the clinic say they're devastated because they may not be able to have their own children. The health system said an autofill system that adds liquid nitrogen to the tank to keep eggs and embryos frozen was not working, and employees were manually filling the tank for several weeks.

An alarm that would've alerted staff to a sudden spike in temperature in the tank was turned off, the clinic said in a letter to its patients.

"But now we suspect that may not have been the case", the letter said. "An alarm should have been sent and received", Zenty said.

"We don't know who turned off the remote alarm nor do we know how long it was off, but it appears to have been off for a period of time", the letter reads. "We are still seeking those answers", the letter said.

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Expertise said that there are around 500 clinics that specialize in assisted reproduction across the country, according to 2015 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which incorporated a list of 451 centers that have given them information and 35 others that had not. Sensors should have been monitoring the temperature, automatically refilling liquid nitrogen as needed.

The fertility clinic outside Cleveland that announced a failure of its freezer system admitted that their initial assessment of the damage may be far worse than previously thought, and that human error may be behind the incident. We are sorry. I am sorry. "We hope our actions will restore your trust in us".

University Hospitals said it takes responsibility for the failures and "we are so sorry that our failures caused such a devastating loss for you".

At least 17 families have already filed lawsuits against the medical company. "Our position for that is that people who have no interest in class action, they want to get justice now".


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