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.
A fertility clinic in OH is investigating temperature fluctuations that effected eggs and embryos of hundreds of patients.
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More than 500 families could be affected as a result of the major malfunction linked to the long-term storage tank containing liquid nitrogen at the University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland.
University Hospitals has launched an investigation into what it described as an "unexpected temperature fluctuation". "We will work with our part clinics to enable them to make any strides expected to guarantee such an occasion never happens again". Some of these eggs and embryos have been stored in there for decades. "We are committed to getting answers and working with our patients individually to address their concerns".
Patients with questions should call the 24-hour hotline at 216-286-9740.
All of the eggs and embryos have been moved to a working tank, with the hospital asserting that it won't destroy any of them.
On average, freezing eggs can cost between $12,000 and $14,000. According to the latest figures from the ARSM, more than 6,200 women froze their eggs in 2015.
"Our hearts go out to the patients who have suffered this loss", Sean Tipton, chief policy officer at the AmericanSociety for Reproductive Medicine (ARSM) reportedly said.