A San Francisco fertility clinic acknowledged Sunday that it suffered a liquid nitrogen failure in a storage tank that may have damaged thousands of frozen eggs and embryos and the hopes of people hoping to have children. "Anger is a big part of the phone call", he said.
Tipton said he was unaware of similar malfunctions that damaged thousands of eggs and embryos. A March 4 liquid nitrogen failure in a storage tank was blamed for the loss of the genetic material. He says they haven't checked any of the embryos.
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The incident comes as a growing number of women choose to freeze their eggs due to illness, or because they are concerned that the quality and quantity of their eggs will drop over time. We do know that there is viable tissue from that tank.
"This was a bad incident", Herbert said, "but I was reassured that. he did everything anybody could ever want to do".
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.
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.
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In San Francisco, Dr. Herbert said the clinic is working to determine the effects of the tank failure.
No one was at the facility overnight on Saturday, and the storage tank was monitored both on and off-site. Staff members at the clinic then spent days going through patient records to verify which patients were affected. "Our goal is to provide all the patients we see with some kind of a family".
The clinic's price for freezing eggs starts at $8,345, and in-vitro fertilization is $11,595, according to its website.
Herbert is a longtime physician and researcher in assisted reproductive technology.
There was increased security at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center Friday night. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and, with colleagues, purchased Pacific Fertility Center nine years later.
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. Some samples date to the 1980s.
"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.