Lost or Destroyed Embryos at University of Washington Medical Center?


The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle destroyed frozen embryos in 2014, impacting 31 families. However, this disaster was not publicly known until one of the affected couples recently filed a lawsuit.

As first reported by Amy Clancy at KIRO 7 in Seattle, "the written agreement between the couple and UW Medical Center said the couple would 'relinquish control of their frozen embryos if they have not remained in contact with the IVF program for a period of three years,' but the female patient reportedly had contact with the hospital in June 2012, according to the lawsuit.

According to the first lawsuit, "without notice and/or warning, UWMC discarded and/or destroyed [the patients'] cryopreserved embryos." The complaint also includes excerpts of a 2017 letter UWMC reportedly sent to the couple that acknowledges the couple had been in contact prior to the embryos being discarded.

This disaster at UW Medical Center comes months after Pacific Fertility Clinic in San Francisco and Cleveland-based University Hospitals Fertility Center destroyed thousands of eggs and embryos on the same weekend.

Attorney Adam Wolf said: “Keep in mind that these families have entrusted their most valuable property in the entire world – their frozen embryos – to these facilities and clinics. We want to make sure that these devastating tragedies never happen again.”



Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane is a national law firm with offices in California, Louisiana, New York, Missouri, and Ohio. PWCK put together a sophisticated team of lawyers from around the country committed to representing families and victims of reckless and negligent fertility clinics and fertility medical centers. 

Attorneys like Joe Peiffer, Adam Wolf, and Tracey Cowan of Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane will continue to fight for families until this reckless and negligent behavior is eliminated. Even one lost or destroyed embryo is one too many.

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If you or your family have been the victim of a reckless or negligent fertility clinic or fertility medical center, please Contact the Fertility Lawyers at Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane for FREE Consultation by filling out our simple online Contact Form or by calling 415-766-3545.  

 

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Fertility Lawyers | UWMC Lost or Destroyed Embryos

Alarmingly, families across the country have been victim to reckless and negligent fertility clinics, fertility medical centers, and fertility doctors. These are families that have gone into debt, borrowed a significant amount of money, and leveraged everything to make their dreams of having a child possible. 

 

This pain can only be felt through the words of one of our clients.

"It was then that we learned that our precious embryos had been lost or destroyed. It was like the whole bottom fell out of our world and we at first did not know what to do. It was after much prayer and deliberation that we decided it was our mission to make sure that this kind of thing never happened again."

 
Lost or Destroyed Embryos? | FREE Consultation
 

If you or your family have been the victim of a reckless or negligent fertility clinic or fertility medical center, please Contact the Fertility Lawyers at Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane for FREE Consultation by filling out our simple online Contact Form or by calling 415-766-3545.    

 

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Adam B. Wolf
Tel: 415-766-3545
E-mail: awolf@prwlegal.com

Tracy Berger Cowan
Tel: 415-426-5641
E-mail: tcowan@prwlegal.com

Joseph C. Peiffer
Tel: 504-586-5259
E-mail: jpeiffer@pwcklegal.com