University Hospitals statement concerning fertility clinic



Lawyers representing would-be parents whose frozen eggs and embryos were inadvertently thawed and destroyed by a San Francisco fertility center filed a class-action lawsuit on Thursday.

As reported by The Washington Post and other sources, due to a temperature malfunction in one of the University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center's storage banks that occurred between Saturday, March 3, 2018 and Sunday, March 4, 2018, more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged such that they are no longer viable.

Last week, an OH hospital said more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged due to a refrigerator malfunction.

The San Francisco facility charges $8,300 to freeze donor eggs and $11,600 to perform in vitro fertilization, according to its website. A couple from suburban Cleveland and a Pennsylvania couple are suing University Hospitals Fertility Clinic for the breach.

"The Pacific Fertility Center squashed this couple's dreams of becoming parents in the future", said Adam Wolf, an attorney representing the couple, on a call with reporters. "Pacific promised to safeguard and protect my clients' frozen embryos, vowing to maximize their chances of becoming pregnant and their opportunity to raise as many children as they would like". Pacific Fertility Center did not immediately respond to a request for comment from KTVU. In a statement, the center said it was "truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause".

Wolf said the Bauers were storing eight embryos inside storage tank No. 4, the tank that the center said malfunctioned.

The fertility center had hundreds of eggs and embryos stored in a cryo-tank that failed.

Wolf said Pacific had offered to collect new embryos at no cost, but that this is something that can not be fixed by a do-over. A San Francisco woman who preserved her eggs at the clinic two years ago is also seeking $5 million in damages for the potential loss of her eggs.

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