2000 eggs feared to be damaged at hospital

2000 eggs feared to be damaged at hospital

2000 eggs feared to be damaged at hospital

The temperature increase may have impacted more than 2,000 vials of eggs and embryos, affecting more than 500 patients.

The temperature of the tissue storage bank, where eggs and embryos are housed in liquid nitrogen, unexpectedly fluctuated, the hospital system said on Thursday.

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital president Patti DePompei also apologised via a video on Facebook.

Now at 28, Katelynn considered those 10 eggs and four embryos her future.

"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.

The storage tank had off-site monitoring and an audible alarm that would alert staff to such a temperature change.

"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.

UH said it does not know if mechanical or human error caused the freezer malfunction, and the incident remains under investigation.

"There was a gradient between the top of the cryo tank and the bottom and the bottom stayed at the proper levels so we are now looking at what specimens existed in that gradient, but obviously our concern is that there is potentially compromised embryos and our fear is a significant number of embryos and eggs have been compromised", Dr. Liu said. The line will be staffed by staffed by nurse professionals from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m.to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In order to see if the egg or embryo is still viable, it has to be thawed out and implanted.

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Samples would have to be thawed to determine whether they've been damaged. "We are committed to getting answers and working with our patients individually to address their concerns". For some patients it could mean procedure fees would be waived for future treatment.

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