CLEVELAND - In a devastating turn of events for hundreds of local patients, a refrigerator malfunction at the University Hospitals Fertility Clinic has left the viability of 2,000 eggs and embryos in question.
The incident affects about 700 patients. In order for patients to know whether their eggs are viable, they have to be completely thawed. Once they are unthawed, they can't be refrozen. At least one family told us they have been informed by UH that their embryos are no longer viable.
At least two families have filed class-action lawsuits against University Hospitals. Additionally, a lawsuit filed in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas alleges nine embryos were "damaged" in 2016 as a result of an alleged "incubator malfunction" at the University Hospitals Fertility Center.