Freezer malfunction leaves more than 2000 frozen eggs and embryos at risk

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University Hospitals, in Cleveland, has apologised following the fault at one of its fertility clinics last weekend.

The unexplained rise in temperatures in a liquid nitrogen tank, first reported Thursday by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, occurred sometime late Saturday or Sunday morning at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center's suburban fertility clinic.

'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.

"Some of the eggs and embryos that were stored date back decades", DePompei told WKYC.

"We are so very sorry this happened and we want to do all that we can to support our patients and families through this very hard time", DePompei said a video posted on Facebook Thursday.

The hospital said the additional security at all Ahuja hospital entrances began Friday morning and is "for the safety of our patients and staff". There has been a temperature fluctuation that may have damaged the stored eggs they said.

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These stored eggs and embryos may in some cases have been the only option for a woman or couple to have a biological child. Some of these eggs and embryos have been stored in there for decades. "We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns", the University Hospitals statement said.

The hospital said it's conferring with experts about why the storage tank malfunctioned. This is possible by thawing and implanting the eggs before confirming any damage.

As of now these eggs and embryos have been moved to a working tank.

Right now, hospital officials do not know how numerous eggs and embryos are viable, only that a number have been impacted. That's another dilemma for patients, because once that's done, they can not be refrozen. The cost of the procedure range from at least $12,000 to $14,000.

"Our hearts go out to the patients who have endured this misfortune", said Sean Tipton, boss strategy officer at ASRM.

The process has become cheaper and increasing popular among young women wanting to preserve their fertility. In 2015, in excess of 6,200 ladies solidified their eggs, as indicated by the most recent figures from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.