Here's everything we know about the University Hospitals fertility storage malfunction

  • Here's everything we know about the University Hospitals fertility storage malfunction

Here's everything we know about the University Hospitals fertility storage malfunction

More than 2,000 eggs and embryos were potentially damaged or destroyed after a storage tank unexpectedly warmed up just over a week ago.

He added: "We hope there is some further relief for our clients as the result of this lawsuit, but nothing will ever truly make this 100 percent right". "We're all in shock", Doody said.

On Saturday, March 3, through the morning of Sunday, March 4, there were temperature fluctuations in the liquid nitrogen storage tank that caused the eggs and embryos to thaw.

"In the meantime, infertility clinics around the country have been double- and triple-checking their own procedures and equipment to ensure everything is working properly", the group said in a statement.

"We are so very sorry this happened and we want to do all that we can to support our patients and families through this very hard time", Patti DePompei, president of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital, said in a video posted on Facebook. When the liquid nitrogen temperature rises above negative 150 degrees, the alarm sounds and the employees are notified through a phone call or email.

"Keep in mind that these families have entrusted their most valuable property in the entire world - their frozen embryos - to these facilities and clinics", Peiffer Rosca Wolf attorney Adam Wolf said in a news release issued Monday.

"At -150 degrees Celsius the alarm will go off", said Plante. If they don't respond, a physician would be alerted. The embryologist, he said, "immediately rectified" the problem by refilling the tank.

"Given the nature of their losses, it's important to have a process that doesn't treat them like a number", Merriman said. At this time, we don't yet know the viability of these eggs and embryos.

The tanks are replaced every 10 years, even though they could likely last longer. They are continuously monitored.

Kate and Jeremy Plants had stored their embryos with University Hospitals, and they told Fox 8 that they had made the decision to do so after Kate was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015.

There's no word yet on whether the clinics in OH and California are going to redo these procedures for the willing and able patients, but many of them have filed lawsuits. Once they are unthawed, they can't be refrozen. "When we heard about this awful negligence that occurred in our own backyard, we were compelled to seek justice for the hundreds of OH families whose health and well-being have been so shockingly disrupted by University Hospitals' conduct".

"You can imagine how devastating it would be to realize your son or daughter has been lost", Scott said.