More Than 2,000 Frozen Eggs and Embryos May Be Compromised After a Fertility Clinic Freezer Malfunctions

From TIME - March 9, 2018

(CLEVELAND)Officials say more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged due to a refrigerator malfunction at an Ohio fertility clinic.

Patti DePompei, president of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital and MacDonald Womens Hospital, calls the situation absolutely devastating. She says the temperature in one of the two large freezers preserving specimens at the UH Fertility Center near Cleveland rose above acceptable limits overnight Saturday for unknown reasons.

Hospital officials say more than 500 patients were affected, including some that provided samples in the 1980s. The hospital notified patients Tuesday.


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