Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

2nd lawsuit filed over lost embryos at hospital

2nd lawsuit filed over lost embryos at hospital

Cleveland's University Hospital system is under fire after a refrigeration unit in its fertility center malfunctioned, compromising around 2,000 embryos and frozen eggs.

"We are truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause". And a larger group whose tissue was unaffected. "Anger is a big part of the phone call", he said. "Our goal is to provide all the patients we see with some kind of a family.We need to think, if this tissue doesn't work, what are the next steps and have you not feel defeated".

What happens to the eggs and embryos?

The lawsuits are a result of the potential loss of more than 2,000 eggs and embryos at UH's Fertility Center two weekends ago. They have not checked any of the embryos, he said. The hospital said it's conferring with experts about why the storage tank malfunctioned.

In a class action lawsuit, they allege the hospital failed "to maintain, inspect, monitor, and/or test their liquid nitrogen storage tanks". Embryos - fertilized eggs - are stored individually.

Scott and several other lawyers said they eventually plan to seek class action certification, citing the uniformity of the failure caused by the UH fertility clinic malfunction, and the similarity of the damages inflicted on the couples who lost frozen eggs and embryos. The clinic called them back later that evening to tell them their embryos had been destroyed.

Herbert told the Post, "This was a awful incident, but I was reassured that".

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Attorney Lydia Floyd said in a conference call that her clients, the Clarks, had called the clinic on Monday, March 5, to begin the implantation procedure.

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". Hospital officials say about 700 patients are affected.

According to the clinic's website, its fees for egg freezing are $8,345 for the initial cycle and $6,995 for each subsequent round.

"I just urge everyone, before you judge what they've gone through, or what they're going through, or what their motives for doing it, ask yourselves, 'What would it be like if I had my family's treasure lost by a hospital that just didn't care enough to check on it?'" DiCello said. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and, with colleagues, purchased Pacific Fertility Center nine years later.

Many are now learning their eggs and embryos are no longer viable after a temperature fluctuation in a liquid nitrogen storage tank at the University Hospitals Fertility Clinic at Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood. Some of the samples date to the 1980s, said Dr. James Liu, head of the hospital's obstetrics and gynecology department.

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