2nd lawsuit filed over lost embryos at hospital

  • 2nd lawsuit filed over lost embryos at hospital

2nd lawsuit filed over lost embryos at hospital

The couple received notification of the failure on Friday and over the weekend, were told by physicians that their embryos are no longer viable.

The clinic is sending letters to about 500 patients "that may have been involved in this tank", 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. Another filled tank replaced it, and the tissue specimens were transferred. "Anger is a big part of the phone call", Herbert said of his discussions with patients.

The pair of incidents, with powerful emotional and financial consequences, come as the number of USA women freezing their eggs has soared in recent years as assisted reproductive technology has advanced and become increasingly popular. "Our goal is to provide all the patients we see with some kind of a family.We need to think, if this tissue doesn't work, what are the next steps and have you not feel defeated".

The eggs and embryos have been moved to a different cryotank in the meantime, but their viability remains questionable. He says they have not checked any of the embryos.

The hospital issued an apology after the unexplained malfunction caused temperatures inside the storage tank to rise. The couple was paying $400 a year to store the embryos at the clinic.

"We can't say definitively nothing like this has ever happened, but we are certainly not aware of anything", said Sean Tipton, the association's chief policy, advocacy and development officer, to the Post. Herbert said the problem was "immediately rectified", and he also praised the clinic's decision to replace the troubled tank with the new one.

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. Once they are thawed, they can't be refrozen.

"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.

Last week, an OH hospital said more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged due to a refrigerator malfunction. In 1982, he helped to develop one of the nation's earliest reproductive technology programs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Some dated to the 1980s. "We are truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause".