"Right now, our patients come first".
At the tissue storage bank, these eggs and embryos are stored in liquid nitrogen according to a hospital spokesperson's statement yesterday (8th of March 2018). "We will work with our part clinics to enable them to make any strides expected to guarantee such an occasion never happens again". "We are committed to getting answers and working with patients individually to address their concerns", the University Hospitals statement said.
College Hospitals has been connecting with patients who can choose how to continue - the best way to know whether an egg or developing life is as yet feasible is to defrost and embed it. These eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and taken to a laboratory where they are cooled to subzero temperatures in a liquid nitrogen tank. Some of these have been stored for decades.
DePompei explained that while the facility has an alarm system, she wouldn't go into further detail until an outside investigation was conducted.
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. This is possible by thawing and implanting the eggs before confirming any damage. Once thawed the eggs and embryos may not be viable if re-frozen, say experts.
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.
Patients attending appointments at the Fertility Center in Beachwood this morning noted a police vehicle at the parking lot's entrance as well as an officer wearing a bullet-proof vest at the main entrance front desk.
On average, freezing eggs can cost between $12,000 and $14,000. Sean Tipton, chief policy officer at ASRM expressed his sympathy for the affected families and said the organization would look into the matter ensuring this is not repeated.
The process has become cheaper and increasing popular among young women wanting to preserve their fertility.