San Francisco Fertility Clinic Experiences Cryostorage Malfunction

Last Week, University Hospitals Fertility Clinic in Cleveland experienced a refrigeration failure, potentially damaging nearly 2000 eggs and embryos.  That very same day, a San Francisco Fertility Clinic’s storage tank experienced a similar issue with its own inventory of eggs and embryos assets.

As reported by ABC News, “Dr. Carl Herbert, president and medical director at the Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, said that in his 35 years of Cryopreservation it is an ‘an unusual event’ where two clinics and two liquid nitrogen storage tanks where the tissues are stored failed.”  “This is incredible,” Herbert said. “This the first … event where two tanks of this nature failed.”

According to Herbert, Pacific Fertility Center performed an “emergency filling” of liquid nitrogen.  ABC News reported that “The fallout in San Francisco mirrored the same fertility fridge malfunctions that the University Hospital Fertility Clinic in Cleveland, where on Sunday 700 patients were left to guess if the eggs and embryos they froze there were still viable.”

Patti DePompei, president of UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, appeared on video to say she was “incredibly sorry” for what she admitted was a “mistake.”

The hospital leader said a “deep investigation” was launched to determine if the “partially thawed eggs and embryos can be used for in vitro fertilization” and that patients were being informed. Similarly, after San Francisco malfunction, Pacific Fertility Center “has begun a conscientious letter-writing campaign to about 500 of the clinic’s patients that had eggs or embryos stored in that tank.”

Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane 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 performing our own investigation into these freezer “malfunctions.” We will be representing the families who have been victims of this terrible incident. We will fight on behalf of our clients to hold anyone that was reckless or negligent accountable this disastrous event.

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If you or a loved one were notified about the freezer malfunction at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, we can help you.  Contact us today by filling out an online Contact Form or by calling 415-766-3545 for a FREE Consultation. The fertility attorneys at Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane are here to help you at this trying time, help you understand your legal rights, and fight to hold the proper parties accountable.