Hundreds of families’ dreams of having a baby using frozen eggs or embryos may have been dashed due to a storage tank malfunction at an Ohio fertility center.
The temperature in one of the site’s two liquid nitrogen tanks storing specimens at University Hospitals’ UH Fertility Center in suburban Cleveland rose above acceptable limits overnight Saturday, according to the Plain Dealer.
The liquid nitrogen freezer held about 2,000 egg and embryo specimens, according to James Liu, chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UH Cleveland Medical Center. Some patients had more than one sample stored. Some of the samples were provided in the 1980s.