Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital

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Thousands of eggs, embryos possibly damaged at OH hospital

Independent experts were conducting a full investigation, and all clinic equipment had been inspected, the statement said, adding: "We are truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause". University Hospitals said the temperature of the tissue storage bank, where eggs and embryos are housed in liquid nitrogen, at Ahuja Medical Center, fluctuated unexpectedly. Dr. Carl Herbert, president and medical director at the Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, told ABC News that in his 35 years of Cryopreservation it is an "an unusual event" where two clinics and two liquid nitrogen storage tanks where the tissues are stored "failed".

In a statement Sunday, the hospital said it understood why some might sue. Hospital officials say about 700 patients are affected. "With this lawsuit, we will get answers and stop this from happening again".

CNN has attempted to contact Herbert for comment.

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Tom Becker, a spokesman for the clinic, confirmed the story by The Post, which reported that the clinic began notifying 400 patients on Saturday who had several thousand eggs and embryos stored in a tank that malfunctioned on March 4.

Samples would need to be unthawed to determine whether they've been damaged.

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"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, attorney for the plaintiffs. "Right now, our patients and families are our first priority". One, Marc Ellis, wrote, "my wife has eggs at that hospital.shes going insane crying all morning.I don't know what to do".

Amber and Elliott Ash, a couple who had an embryo in storage at the facility, filed the suit.

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