Family files lawsuit over lost and damaged embryos at Ohio hospital
Family files lawsuit over lost and damaged embryos at Ohio hospital
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13 March, 2018, 12:09
Dr Carl Herbert, president of the Pacific Fertility Clinic in San Francisco said the problem at the California clinic was "immediately rectified" by a worker who refilled a low nitrogen tank. "We have already initiated contact with all of our patients to inform them and respond to their questions, and set up a designated call center to arrange personal meetings or calls with their physicians".
Herbert told the newspaper his discussions with patients were emotional.
"The biggest one is a wireless alarm system", Hunt said. "Our goal is to provide all the patients we see with some kind of a family".
Kate and Jeremy Plants said they began treatments after Kate was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015 and had five embryos stored in the compromised tank.
Hunt said staff members at the Grand Rapids clinic also physically check the tanks every week.
Scientists can easily tell by looking through a microscope whether an egg or embryo survived a thaw, said David Ball, another past president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.
It's the second such failure at a USA clinic in a matter of days.
The Ohio lawsuit was filed the same day The Washington Postreported that thousands of frozen embryos and eggs may have been damaged at a San Francisco clinic after a liquid nitrogen failure in a storage tank.
"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.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney Robert DiCello of DiCello, Levitt & Casey, is on behalf of Amber and Elliott Ash, who had two embryos stored with UH.
"We understand why some people might feel compelled to take this step".
Hospital officials said in a statement on Thursday that they were investigating the incident and that it remained unknown whether the cause there was a human error or mechanical failure.
Millions of dollars is at stake with this class action lawsuit.
The Pacific Fertility Center said a piece of equipment in its cyro-storage laboratory "lost liquid nitrogen for a brief period of time" on March 4. We do know that there is viable tissue from that tank.
The PRW law firm has handled multiple cases in which fertility clinics were accused of destroying or losing eggs and embryos, according to a news release.
"As soon as the issue was discovered, our most senior embryologists took immediate action to transfer those tissues from the affected equipment to a new piece of equipment".
The center said it had brought in independent experts to conduct a full investigation and was reaching out to its patients: "We are truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause". "This was a bad incident", Herbert said, "but I was reassured that.he did everything anybody could ever want to do".
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