California fertility clinic failure could affect hundreds of patients

California fertility clinic failure could affect hundreds of patients

A California fertility clinic said a nitrogen failure may have damaged frozen eggs and embryos, while clients filed a lawsuit in Cleveland for a similar malfunction. "Anger is a big part of the phone call", Herbert said of his discussions with patients.

According to Herbert, the extent to which the chemical failure damaged the eggs and embryos remains unclear. Some of the eggs stored were deposited in the 1980s, he said.

Carl Herbert, a doctor and clinic president, told the newspaper that the clinic's laboratory director discovered during a routine inspection that the level of liquid nitrogen in the tank was low, which can cause the temperature to rise.

The Ashes are seeking at least $25,000 in damages. One to three eggs may be stored in a unit. The number of eggs and embryos affected was not disclosed.

"The good news is, we have viable embryos - we've proven that from that tank", Herbert said. Officials at the University Hospital Fertility Center in Cleveland said Thursday that a similar failure may have damaged 2,000 eggs and embryos.

"This was a awful incident", Herbert told the Post, "but I was reassured that he did everything anybody could ever want to do".

In San Francisco, Dr. Herbert said the clinic is working to determine the effects of the tank failure. All of the samples have been moved to another storage tank. While the staff spent days sorting through records to verify which patients' tissue was inside, he said they do not yet know how many of them were still planning to use it.

The clinic's price for freezing eggs starts at $8,345, and in-vitro fertilization is $11,595, according to its website.

"Our patients and the safety of their eggs and embryos are our highest priorities and we are reaching out to inform them of this incident".

According to WEWS, Amber Ash says she and her husband were notified of the freezer malfunction on Friday and told their embryos are no longer viable.

Herbert is a longtime physician and researcher in assisted reproductive technology.

CBS Cleveland affiliate WOIO-TV reports that a class action suit was being filed by one couple involved against University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

On March 10, Pacific Fertility staff began notifying more than 400 patients who had all of their eggs or embryos stored in the affected tank and roughly 100 more patients who had about half of their eggs in the affected storage tank.

"Our clients are absolutely devastated, as I'm sure countless families across OH are, in the wake of this catastrophic failure by University Hospitals", said Mark DiCello of DiCello Levitt & Casey, attorney for the plaintiffs.

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