Failures Put Fertility Centers In The Spotlight

"I want to make sure they're safe", she continued.

Wolf said there has been no discussion of compensation with the hospital.

"We can't say definitively nothing like this has ever happened, but we are certainly not aware of anything", said Sean Tipton, the association's chief policy, advocacy and development officer, to the Post.

A team in his firm are already drawing up lawsuits that will be filed within this week in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

The specimens were not in a dated order.

Cryogenic storage containers for eggs to be used for invitro fertilization are pictured in this undated stock photo. That means one patient could have several vials in her name. Those letters should have been received Thursday.

That alarm is connected to a thermometer is inside the liquid nitrogen tank that holds patients' frozen eggs and embryos.

Here are some questions and answers about the two cases. The number is 216-286-9740.

The center can be reached at 216-286-9740; it is open Monday through Friday 7 8 p.m. and on Saturday 8 a.m to 1 p.m.

"Thousands of families have entrusted us with their eggs, embryos and sperm over the last 27 years and we're doing everything in our power to protect them", said Dr. Valerie Shavell, physician of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. All have been moved to another cryo tank at the correct temperature.

A fertility expert says that the almost simultaneous storage failures at two fertility clinics across the country from each other are "beyond stunning" but that it appears to be just a coincidence.

Three federal agencies are responsible for CLIA: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The complaint lists the UH system, UH Ahuja Medical Center, UH Medical Group and UH Cleveland Medical Center as defendants.

The impulse of couples to translate their anger or grief into legal action represents a new consumer activism in a realm of medical technology that has been proliferating and remains unevenly regulated.

The University Hospitals announced an independent investigation is being planned to clarify the cause of the incident, which could be due to a technical malfunction or human error. The couple said that their embryos are now no longer viable. For some patients it could mean procedure fees would be waived for future treatment. She paid the remaining costs - totaling approximately $10,000-herself. "We've also looked at all our SOPs, we've looked at all the things that we can possibly do, and if we can improve, that's what we're going to do", said Herbert.

"We would love to have our own biological child, so when we found out that that decision was made for us, and they're destroyed, you're grieving the loss of your own child essentially because your hopes and dreams are put into that embryo", Kate Plants said.

Vanessa Coleman