The Pacific Fertility Center said a piece of equipment in its cyro-storage laboratory "lost liquid nitrogen for a brief period of time" on March 4. Landskroner Greico Merriman's Tom Merriman has also said he's representing several patients involved. "We need to think, if this tissue doesn't work, what are the next steps and have you not feel defeated". The only way to determine if they've been damaged is to let them thaw, but they can not be frozen again. They have not checked any of the embryos, he said.
The nitrogen level in one tank fell very low, according to Dr. Carl Herbert, the fertility clinic's president.
The Ashes are seeking at least $25,000 in damages. One to three eggs may be stored in a unit. According to ABC News, the tank at Pacific Fertility Center in California had a temperature fluctuation with the inventory of egg and embryo assets.
Hospital officials say more than 500 patients were affected, including some that provided samples in the 1980's.More news: Two deadly March home explosions could be related, police say
"This was a bad incident", Herbert said, "but I was reassured that. he did everything anybody could ever want to do".
It is the second clinic to report a fault that weekend. Herbert said the problem was "immediately rectified", and he also praised the clinic's decision to replace the troubled tank with the new one.
Tipton said he was unaware of similar malfunctions that damaged thousands of eggs and embryos. Staff members at the clinic then spent days going through patient records to verify which patients were affected.
The clinic's price for freezing eggs starts at $8,345, and in-vitro fertilization is $11,595, according to its website. In the case in OH, the facility said the only way to determine the viability of the eggs and the embryos of 700 patients is to fully thaw them.More news: How Texas counties voted for Beto O'Rourke
The Pacific Fertility Center is located in San Francisco's North Beach region; in the past, it has said that its patients include families of employees at Facebook and other tech companies, many of which pay the costs of fertility treatments as part of their health coverage.
Herbert is a longtime physician and researcher in assisted reproductive technology. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and, with colleagues, purchased Pacific Fertility Center nine years later. The hospital hasn't said whether it would compensate about 700 affected patients, who are being notified through letters and telephone calls.
Hospital officials said in a statement on Thursday that they were investigating the incident and that it remained unknown whether the cause there was a human error or mechanical failure. Some dated to the 1980s.More news: Sane Trilogy coming to Switch, Xbox One, PC