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2nd lawsuit filed over lost embryos at Ohio fertility clinic

2nd lawsuit filed over lost embryos at Ohio fertility clinic

The lawsuits come as a San Francisco fertility clinic said thousands of frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged in a liquid nitrogen failure in a storage tank on the same day.

Here are some questions and answers about the two cases.

A local law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center fertility clinic after a malfunction caused the temperature in the storage tank to rise, potentially destroying the eggs and embryos stored inside.

The same weekend of the UH failure, the Pacific Fertility Clinic in San Francisco, experienced an unexplained loss of liquid nitrogen, resulting in the potential destruction of thousands of embryos and eggs.

What happens to the eggs and embryos?

The number of egg-freezing patients jumped from 475 in 2009 to 7,518 in 2015, the most recent year for which figures are available from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He said such breakdowns are extremely rare, and two at once is "beyond stunning". He tells The Associated Press that the failures at clinics in OH and California are "two black swan events happening in the same day".

Another Cleveland attorney, Tom Merriman, also said that the morning after the problem became public, he arrived at his office to find emails from 15 people wanting him to represent them. "We're all in shock", Doody said. "It's a tremendous loss", Amber said.

"We are conducting a deep investigation". He said he doesn't think it would capture the emotional toll of what's happened, recalling one client's story. "If the eggs and embryos were completely thawed they can not be used".

If doctors were to implant a damaged embryo, it might not lead to a pregnancy, but if it did, it would not raise the danger of birth defects in the child, Ball said.

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"The embryos are frozen in just a small amount of liquid so any variation in temperature above that, they are going to thaw out a little bit and that can affect the DNA, the genes and the cells", Hunt said. The group will then make recommendations to its members. CAP officials, investigating the OH and California incidents, said they have not gotten far enough to answer questions about the equipment and alarms at the two clinics.

The hospital said in a statement on its website that officials are investigating the cause of the malfunction.

For some families, a fertility clinic is the last chance at having a child.

"We take this so seriously because we're trying to help people have families", she said.

Merriman says he will not file a class -action lawsuit.

The patients will have to prove negligence, Annas said.

Katie Miller has been a patient with Pacific Fertility Center since 2009.

The following day, the couple received a letter from the hospital explaining in what DiCello calls "vague terms" that there had been an error with the hospital's refrigeration system that may have jeopardized their embryo.