World News

Frozen Eggs and Embryos No Longer Viable After Hospital Mishap?

Frozen Eggs and Embryos No Longer Viable After Hospital Mishap?

Once thawed the eggs and embryos may not be viable if re-frozen, say experts.

Officials say approximately 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged due to a storage tank malfunction at an OH hospital fertility clinic. University Hospitals (UH) officials made the announcement Thursday, adding an investigation is underway.

A liquid nitrogen storage tank at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center unexpectedly heated up sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, hospital administrators told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

After a woman completes the egg freezing process, the frozen eggs are kept in liquid nitrogen tanks in the center's cryogenic facility, where they are generally under constant surveillance, including alarm systems.

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital president Patti DePompei also apologised via a video on Facebook.

"We don't know the reasons why yet", DePompei said. "Right now, our patients and families are our first priority". An American Society for Reproductive Medicine rep says nothing like this has ever happened at a U.S. fertility clinic.

More news: Yum China Holdings Inc (YUMC) Shares Dip Below Balance Step

There is evidence that some of the eggs and embryos were damaged, said Liu. We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns.

It's not yet clear what caused the temperature to rise in the tank, said Liu, and the hospital is investigating. This is possible by thawing and implanting the eggs before confirming any damage.

The hospital has attempted to notify everyone who has a specimen stored in the tank, but are concerned that some patients may have moved or changed contact information given the length of time that some eggs and embryos have been stored.

On average, freezing eggs can cost between $12,000 and $14,000.

Between 500 and 600 patients may be affected by the apparent equipment failure, NBC News reported, while Cleveland.com reported the figure could be as high as 700. "We will work with our member clinics to help them take any steps needed to ensure such an event never happens again". Most women need many more rounds to even become pregnant.

"Our hearts go out to the patients who have endured this misfortune", said Sean Tipton, boss strategy officer at ASRM. In 2015 alone, over 6,200 women froze their eggs, according to data from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.


  • Police sent to wrong address, 1 officer killed

    Police sent to wrong address, 1 officer killed

    Lowe told reporters that the officers were able to leave the location, while the suspect remained barricaded inside. The route of the escort will be south on Interstate 49 to Harrisonville then south on Missouri Highway 7 to Clinton.
    China's February exports surge, trade surplus widens

    China's February exports surge, trade surplus widens

    Chinese trade data is often volatile at this time each year given the shifting nature of Lunar New Year holidays. This put January up 16.2 per cent over January of 2017, with exports trailing imports.
    Mario Tennis Aces Release Date And Screenshots Leaked

    Mario Tennis Aces Release Date And Screenshots Leaked

    In addition to providing Switch gamers with a specific release date, Nintendo also shared more details about the upcoming game. You can either play with the controllers in horizontal modes or with motion controls that mimic real life tennis swings.
  • Sonia Gandhi tears into Modi govt, says nation led by 'regressive vision'

    Sonia Gandhi tears into Modi govt, says nation led by 'regressive vision'

    When asked to compare former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Modi, she said Vajpayee respected parliamentary procedures. They went to the press and said that they need the people to hear their voice as there is something that is fundamentally wrong.
    Kristen Wiig will play the villain Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2

    Kristen Wiig will play the villain Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2

    Kristen Wiig has officially been cast as Cheetah , the villain of the forthcoming Wonder Woman sequel. Plot details for the film have not yet been revealed, nor have any additional cast members.
    New $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

    New $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond

    The incident happened almost a decade before Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama. Macdonald, and our first francophone Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, will be honoured on our higher-value bank notes.
  • EU Says It's Counting on Exclusion From Trump Metal Tariffs

    The Geneva-based WTO has never ruled on a dispute involving trade restrictions justified on national-security grounds. It's clear, we need clarity to the situation", Katainen said.
    Coffee cup debate: government shies away from 'latte levy'

    Coffee cup debate: government shies away from 'latte levy'

    It follows the Daily Mail's campaign to Turn The Tide On Plastic by cutting down on waste and increasing recycling. Starbucks launched a three-month trial of a 5p disposable cup charge across 35 of its London stores last month.

    "Windows 10 S" Changes From New OS To Upgrade, Says Microsoft

    Microsoft's Windows 10 S FAQ has explained that switching from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro is a one-way switch. The news may have been confusing to many, which is why the company has given a more detailed explanation.
  • Waymo is testing self-driving trucks in Atlanta

    Waymo is testing self-driving trucks in Atlanta

    It said that the software is learning to drive trucks in the same way a human would after years of driving a auto . A Waymo spokeswoman declined to say how many trucks will be tested.

    Insider News of Vornado Realty Trust (VNO)

    The real estate investment trust reported $0.25 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $0.33 by ($0.08). State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue sold 21,910 shares as the company's stock declined 1.47% while stock markets rallied.
    Court allows Hafiz Mohammed Saeed's party registration

    Court allows Hafiz Mohammed Saeed's party registration

    After the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, the United Nations Security Council had banned the JuD. Earlier, the ECP had declined to register the MML, citing Saeed's alleged terror links.