Eggs stored at a fertility clinic in danger due to a malfunction

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Officials say more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged due to a refrigerator malfunction at an OH fertility clinic.

The officials said that one of the long-term storage tank that contained liquid nitrogen had an equipment failure that caused the temperatures to rise temporarily.

The problem was discovered Sunday morning and happened some time after staff left the previous afternoon, according to Patti DePompei, president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital. The temperature increase may have impacted more than 2,000 vials of eggs and embryos, affecting hundreds of patients. Independent experts will assess the situation and help University Hospitals understand what happened and how it can handle the situation.

Prior to surgery, she underwent fertility treatment at University Hospitals to harvest eggs for her future. "We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns", says the clinic.

The facility has set up a call center for patients to arrange and appointment or calls to speak with their physicians. They have been moved to another cryo tank at the correct temperature. "Right now, our patients and families are our first priority". The cryogenic facilities where the eggs are stored are typically monitored with video surveillance and alarm systems.

The fertility clinic reached out to roughly 700 patients to inform them that their frozen eggs and embryos may have been compromised.

Thousands of eggs and embryos may have been destroyed after a hospital fridge malfunctioned. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ARSM), as many as 6200 women froze their eggs in 2015.

After the malfunction, the only way to determine whether the samples are still good is thawing and implanting them, the clinic told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The average cost of fertility treatment can be around $10,000 so the financial impact is expected to be significant.

'Our hearts go out to the patients who have suffered this loss, ' said ASRM's chief policy officer, Sean Tipton, to NBC News.

"We are so very sorry this happened".

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