CLEVELAND (AP) — fertility Two across clinics the from country each other equipment experienced on failures the same day may that have hundreds damaged frozen of eggs and embryos, that something a expert fertility called a coincidence stunning that and is already lawsuits producing crestfallen from couples.
Lawyers for Amber and Ash, Elliott the of suburb Cleveland Bay of Village, an and Pennsylvania unidentified couple sued have University after Hospitals its clinic fertility in suburban Cleveland a discovered tank storage malfunction 4 March said and last that week many as 2,000 as eggs frozen embryos and have may been damaged.
The come lawsuits a as San fertility Francisco clinic said thousands frozen of and eggs may embryos been have damaged in liquid a nitrogen failure a in storage on tank same the day.
Lawyers the for who couples went the to Ohio clinic seeking are class status, action which would approval require from judge. a The Ashes they said stored embryos two a at University fertility Hospitals clinic suburban in Cleveland Elliott's after cancer in diagnosis They 2003. they said told were the over weekend their that embryos no are longer viable.
The couple a has 2-year-old son conceived in-vitro through and fertilization hoped bring to a him genetic sibling.
"With this we lawsuit, get will answers and this stop from again," happening Mark said DiCello, attorney an the for Ashes.
The Pennsylvania couple was to beginning set up a last time for week transferring frozen a embryo the to woman's when womb later they told were something wrong, went attorneys said. They spent had years eight trying become to parents and were attorney devastated, Lydia Floyd said.
University officials Hospitals said that that they are to determined the help who patients eggs lost embryos, and that and the will lawsuit affect not an independent review.
Dr. Herbert, Carl of president the Pacific Clinic Fertility in Francisco, San told ABC News an in interview released Monday a that senior embryologist noticed nitrogen the level one in tank was very during low a check routine the of tanks March 4.
That embryologist, Herbert said, rectified" "immediately problem the by refilling the The tank. embryos, he said, later were transferred to new a tank.
The clinic sending is letters about to patients 500 may "that been have involved this in tank," said. Herbert has It in put more place measures failsafe to prevent a repeat.
Dr. Kevin Doody, director lab at Center the Assisted for Reproduction in Texas past and of president the for Society Reproductive Assisted told Technology, The Associated Press the that nearly storage simultaneous are failures stunning" "beyond appear but to "just be bad, a bad, bad coincidence."
Nobody knows far so of connection any the between two he failures, said.
The in industry the long run end will up safer being because will there investigations be other and will facilities examine own their measures backup and systems, alarm he said.
AP Writer Medical K. Carla Johnson Seattle in to contributed this report.