"Our patients and the safety of their eggs and embryos are our highest priorities and we are reaching out to inform them of this incident".
In a class action lawsuit, they allege the hospital failed "to maintain, inspect, monitor, and/or test their liquid nitrogen storage tanks".
More families are suing University Hospitals after eggs and embryos they had stored at the University Hospitals Fertility Clinic were jeopardized.
The clinics in San Francisco and the Cleveland area say equipment failures March 4 may have damaged hundreds of frozen eggs and embryos.
An Ohio hospital where approximately 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged by a storage tank malfunction has apologized to patients and said it will do "everything possible to address the situation".
"With two apparently happening on the same day, we have to find out what other types of commonalities there were", he said. The hospital hasn't said whether it would compensate about 700 affected patients, who are being notified through letters and telephone calls. The increased temperature risks damage to the eggs and embryos.
The lawsuits are a result of the potential loss of more than 2,000 eggs and embryos at UH's Fertility Center two weekends ago. They amounted to an estimated 10 to 15 percent of the total stored at the facility, according to Pacific Fertility Clinic spokesperson Alden Romney.
The incidence takes place on March 4 at Pacific Fertility Clinic updated on Sunday about the damage of these eggs and embryos. "This was a awful incident", Herbert said, "but I was reassured that.he did everything anybody could ever want to do".
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.
"Never in their worst nightmares does that embryo become not viable because of conduct or misconduct of the clinic", Wolf said. The clinic also has brought in a multidiscplinary team to investigate the tank itself and "every aspect that involves cryopreservation", he said.
DiCello said he is in talks with other patients to add them to the class-action complaint. Once they are thawed, they can't be refrozen.
"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. In 1982, he helped to develop one of the nation's earliest reproductive technology programs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco is seen in this Google maps undated image. Hospital officials say the lawsuits will not affect an ongoing investigation into what happened.
More lawsuits have been filed against University Hospitals for the disaster that left thousands of eggs and embryos compromised.