SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco fertility clinic says thousands of frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged after a liquid nitrogen failure in a storage tank.
Dr. Carl Herbert, president of Pacific Fertility Clinic, told the <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fertility-clinic-informs-hundreds-of-patients-their-eggs-may-be-damaged/2018/03/11/b605ea82-2536-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68%E2%80%94story.html?utm%E2%80%94term=.d7bf369a4269″>Washington Post</a> on Sunday that officials have informed some 400 patients of the failure that occurred March 4.
Herbert says the clinic’s staff thawed a few eggs and found they remain viable. He says they have not checked any of the embryos.
A call to the clinic from The Associated Press seeking further details was not immediately returned Sunday.
It’s the second such failure at a U.S. clinic in a matter of days. Last week, an Ohio hospital said more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged due to a refrigerator malfunction.