Family whose embryos are no longer viable files lawsuit against UH

In vitro fertilization

Some eggs and embryos at a San Francisco fertility center may no longer be viable after a storage tank malfunction. Embryos - fertilized eggs - are stored individually. According to ABC News, the tank at Pacific Fertility Center in California had a temperature fluctuation with the inventory of egg and embryo assets.

The clinic has reported the incident to the College of American Pathologists, which regulates labs, and the overseers of California's tissue banks, Herbert said.

Lawyers for Amber and Elliott Ash, of the Cleveland suburb of Bay Village, and an unidentified Pennsylvania couple have sued University Hospitals after its fertility clinic in suburban Cleveland discovered a storage tank malfunction March 4 and said last week that as many as 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged.

"Lawsuits don't get any more important than this", PRW partner Adam Wolf said in a prepared statement.

Other attorneys in the Greater Cleveland area have also told News 5 they will be filing lawsuits for individual clients on Monday.

The Pacific Fertility Center said a piece of equipment in its cyro-storage laboratory "lost liquid nitrogen for a brief period of time" on March 4. Herbert could not be reached by The Chronicle for comment. Too little liquid nitrogen causes the temperature to rise, with a risk of damage to the tissue housed in vials called cryolocks.

Herbert told the Post his discussions with patients were emotional.

University Hospitals said it is investigating the incident.

The hospital started contacting each of the families last week to determine how they would like to proceed with their eggs and embryos. In addition, we have completed a physical inspection of all of the lab equipment and have also thoroughly reviewed all cryo-preservation protocols with staff.

"We are incredibly sorry this happened", the hospital said in a statement.

At least two class-action lawsuits have now been filed against an OH hospital following a storage bank malfunction that potentially destroyed as many as 2,000 eggs and embryos.

A spokesperson with the clinic told the post that an estimated 15 percent of the clinic's total number of eggs and embryos were in the damaged tank.

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.

The eggs and embryos have been moved to a different cryotank in the meantime, but their viability remains questionable. With two occurring nearly simultaneously, he said, further investigation is necessary. The affected patients are in a state of confusion, anger, and sorrow at the moment, with a lot of unanswered questions.

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