Families in flux as thousands of embryos compromised at OH hospital

University Hospitals is notifying fertility patients that its refrigeration facility which stores eggs and embryos malfunctioned. It's unclear what caused the problem and the hospital is investigating

"At this point, we do not know the viability of all the stored eggs and embryos, although we do know some have been impacted", DePompei said in a video statement posted on Facebook.

There have been no threats, said hospital officials.

University Hospitals is considering waiving fees for any future procedures for anyone who had eggs or embryos stored, according to WEWS future.

In the case of the UH Fertility Center's compromised eggs, patients will only know if their eggs or embryos are still viable by implanting them. Hospital staff has set up a call center to arrange meetings or calls between patients and their physicians to address their concerns.

"Right now, our patients come first". Some of these eggs and embryos have been stored in there for decades.

'We don't know the reasons why yet, ' Patti DePompei, President of the UH MacDonald Women's Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, told NBC News.

A University Hospitals spokeswoman said the security increase is because of the, "emotional nature of the situation".

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DePompei notes the temperature spike took place sometime between Saturday afternoon, when staff left for the day, and early Sunday.

DePompei stated: 'We are working very very carefully to determine how we can best support them through the process'.

Patients are encouraged to call the hotline at 216-286-9740, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. though 1 p.m. It has also moved the eggs and embryos to a working tank.

Thousands of eggs and embryos may have been destroyed after a hospital fridge malfunctioned.

This is a representational image showing a technician opening a vessel containing women's frozen egg cells in Amsterdam, April 6, 2011. The cost of the procedure range from at least $12,000 to $14,000. The numbers since then have only risen.

The freezer, which is one of two at the UH Fertility Center, held around 2,000 egg and embryo specimens, Dr James Liu, chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UH Cleveland Medical Center, told Cleveland.com.

"Our hearts go out to the patients who have suffered this loss", Sean Tipton, chief policy officer at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ARSM) reportedly said.



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