Second fertility clinic malfunction puts 400 patients' eggs, embryos at risk

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Too little liquid nitrogen causes the temperature to rise, with a risk of damage to the tissue housed in vials called cryolocks.

Herbert says the clinic's staff thawed a few eggs and found they remain viable.

Two fertility clinics across the country from each other experienced equipment failures on the same day that may have damaged hundreds of frozen eggs and embryos, something that a fertility expert called a stunning coincidence and that is already producing lawsuits from crestfallen couples.

A fertility clinic that is been established since long tells that a liquid nitrogen failure in the storing tank holds up many frozen eggs and embryos for the further use.

"You put so much faith into the physicians and the medical team and, like I said, to have this taken away - your hopes and dreams destroyed". Embryos - fertilized eggs - are stored individually. They amounted to an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the total stored at the facility, according to Pacific Fertility Clinic spokesperson Alden Romney.

Tipton said he was unaware of similar malfunctions that damaged thousands of eggs and embryos.

The clinic in San Francisco said it will write to the 500 patients that may have been involved in the tank incident. "This was a awful incident", Herbert said, "but I was reassured that.he did everything anybody could ever want to do".

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Approximately 500 to 600 families were affected by the OH fertility clinic tank failure.

"Never in their worst nightmares does that embryo become not viable because of conduct or misconduct of the clinic", Wolf said. Herbert said the problem was "immediately rectified", and he also praised the clinic's decision to replace the troubled tank with the new one.

DiCello said he is in talks with other patients to add them to the class-action complaint.

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.

Samples would need to be unthawed to determine whether they've been damaged.

"Right now, our patients come first", UH said in the statement. In 1982, he helped the nation's earliest reproductive technology programme at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and, with colleagues, purchased Pacific Fertility Center nine years later.

"At this point, we do not know the viability of all of the stored eggs and embryos, although we do know some have been impacted", said Patti DePompei, president of UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, in a videoposted Thursday on Facebook. Some dated to the 1980s. UH officials say the lawsuit will not affect an ongoing independent review into the malfunction.

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