University Hospitals statement concerning fertility clinic

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In order to determine if the embryos and eggs have been impacted, they'll have to unfreeze them.

On Friday, the fertility center had informed about 700 patients that their eggs and embryos may have been destroyed.

Right now, hospital officials do not know how numerous eggs and embryos are viable, only that a number have been impacted.

All of the samples have been moved to another storage tank.

The only way to check if an egg or embryo is viable is to thaw it, which is only done when it is to be used imminently. Some of these eggs and embryos have been stored in there for decades.

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"It's devastating", Patti DePompei, president of University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center in Cleveland told the local station WKYC.

The incident is under investigation and hospital administrators say they don't know what caused a temperature fluctuation in the liquid nitrogen storage bank that held eggs and embryos for patients of the fertility center. DePompei said that this incident has been devastating for families involved and also for the physicians and nursing staff involved as well. The hospital is bringing in experts to assist. "And we want to do all that we can to support our patients and families through this hard time", said the clinic.

"We are so very sorry this happened and we want to do all we can to support our patients and families through this very hard time". "We are committed to getting answers and working with our patients individually to address their concerns". Per a University Hospitals statement cited by News 5 Cleveland, the facility has "initiated contact with all of our patients", and a call center has been set up so patients can set up meetings with doctors. The help-line number they have announced is a 24-hour hotline 216-286-9740.

There have been no threats, said hospital officials.

With more women deciding on a late motherhood, freezing eggs has become increasingly popular.