Malfunction Leads to Loss of Frozen Eggs, Embryos

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

UH Fertility Clinic investigating failure involving eggs and embryos

CLEVELAND, Ohio- University Hospital officials say they've increased security at the Ahuja Medical Center after 700 patients were notified that the frozen eggs and embyros they stored at the Fertility Center may have been damaged over the weekend when the temperature rose in a storage tank. It remains to be seen whether patients whose tissue was in the freezer will still be expected to pay, DePompei told NBC News. The incident could have affected over 2100 frozen eggs and embryos say the sources.

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

USA Today reported the status of the 2,000 eggs and embryos was still not clear. "We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns", University Hospitals said in a statement.

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The facility has set up a call center for patients to arrange and appointment or calls to speak with their physicians.

"We are bringing in independent experts to ensure we understand all aspects of this occurrence and do everything possible to address the situation", the clinic said in a statement. These eggs are watched over using a video surveillance and an alarm system. "Right now, our patients and families are our first priority".

Prior to surgery, she underwent fertility treatment at University Hospitals to harvest eggs for her future. The line will be staffed by staffed by nurse professionals from 7 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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University Hospitals Fertility Center is responsible for the births of thousands of babies.

The average cost of fertility treatment can be around $10,000 so the financial impact is expected to be significant.

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

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"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. According to the latest figures from the ARSM, more than 6,200 women froze their eggs in 2015.

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