In a statement, the Pacific Fertility Center said "viable tissue" had been recovered from the one tank affected and that "the vast majority of the eggs and embryos in the lab were unaffected". "The Pennsylvania couple entrusted UHFC with their dreams of having children, as well as their most sensitive and important property: their frozen embryos".
They filed a separate class action lawsuit over the weekend.
"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.
"Our clients are absolutely devastated, as I'm sure countless families across OH are, in the wake of this catastrophic failure by University Hospitals", said Mark DiCello of DiCello Levitt & Casey. In this case, that judge would be Stuart Friedman, who was assigned the first lawsuit filed Friday by Cleveland attorney Stuart Scott on behalf of John and Kristine Brickel of Bay Village.
"It's heartbreaking, just heartbreaking", Amber Ash told WEWS-TV. Patients typically pay about $12,000 without insurance for in vitro fertilization. Hospital officials say about 700 patients are affected.
An Ohio couple is suing University Hospitals' Fertility Center in Cleveland after learning their embryos have been damaged because of a storage tank malfunction.
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Now couples who had embryos stored at the OH facility are suing. "When you're dealing with a singular cell, there's no room for error", he said. "Everyone who has talked to their doctor has been told 'your embryos are not viable.' It appears this is far more catastrophic than what was originally reported". "Many had planned on implanting the embryos this year, and had already chosen a name".
Dr. Summer James with Texas Fertility Center San Antonio said what happened in San Francisco and Cleveland is extremely rare.
If you have been contacted by University Hospitals regarding your embryos or eggs or if you have been impacted by the University Hospital human embryo and egg freezer malfunction we would be happy to answer your questions. The hospital said it's conferring with experts about why the storage tank malfunctioned.
Lawyers for the couples who went to the OH clinic are seeking class action status, which would require approval from a judge. "It's a tremendous loss", Amber said. While the staff spent days sorting through records to verify which patients' tissue was inside, he said they do not yet know how many of them were still planning to use it.
Mass torts involve injuries to a group of people from the same area, but who are treated as individuals in court.
The couple is represented by DiCello Levitt & Casey, a law firm that's been involved in numerous recent high-profile class action lawsuits - ranging from ones against Volkswagen to Equifax. "We feel like we're grieving again the fact that we can't have kids".