The number is at least twice as high as the facility guide's estimate.
The New York Times:
4,000 Eggs and Embryos Lost in Tank Failure, Ohio Fertility Clinic Says
The "catastrophic" failure of a storage tank at an Ohio fertility clinic this month caused the apparent loss of more than 4,000 frozen embryos and eggs, the clinic said week. About 950 patients were affected by the failure in which the temperature of the tank rose and an alarm did not go out, said the University Hospital Cleveland Medical Center, which oversees the clinic, in a letter sent to the patients on Monday and posted on his became website. (Hauser, 3/28)
Ohio Fertility Clinic says 4,000 eggs and destroyed embryos when freezer fails
In a letter to affected patients on Tuesday, the University Hospital Health System wrote: "[W] e have found that the total number of affected eggs and embryos for these patients are more than 4,000, not the estimate of 2,000 previously used. We are heartbroken to tell you that it's unlikely that all are viable. "University Hospitals said its investigation into the incident will be held March 3-4 in its fertility clinic in suburban Cleveland suggested that the problems could have been caused by human error, mechanical failure, or both. (Wamsley, 3/28)
Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Patients say that the University Hospital Fertility Clinic betrayed their confidence
But on the weekend of the 3/4. In March, the freezer storing these embryos had a temperature variation, rendering all 4,000 of the eggs and embryos in UH's care non-viable. UH, who provided few details in the first few weeks after the incident, sent a letter to patients on March 26, explaining in more detail what had happened, citing a disabled alarm and persistent problems with his cryogenic freezers. (Christ, 3/29)
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