"Our clients are absolutely devastated, as I'm sure countless families across OH are in the wake of this catastrophic failure by University Hospitals", lawyer Mark DiCello says in the news release.
The Post reported that the San Francisco clinic notified about 400 patients who had all of their eggs or embryos stored in the affected storage tank and 100 who had some stored in the tank.
Immediately upon discovering the temperature increase March 4, the lab director transferred the jeopardized eggs to a spare storage tank. "Our goal is to provide all the patients we see with some kind of a family".
"We understand why some people might feel compelled to take this step".
The clinic is uncertain how numerous eggs and embryos are damaged, he said, and can't be used for in-vitro fertilization.
The nitrogen level in one tank fell very low, according to Dr. Carl Herbert, the fertility clinic's president. He said that the clinic's staff thawed a few eggs and found that they remain viable, though they do not know how many are still usable.
The lawsuit, posted on WKYC Channel 3, was filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, is seeking damages in "excess of $25,000".
"This was a awful incident", Herbert told the Post, "but I was reassured that he did everything anybody could ever want to do".
The clinic has reported the incident to the College of American Pathologists, which regulates labs, and the overseers of California's tissue banks, Herbert said. In the wake of the San Francisco incident, Herbert said the clinic has begun a conscientious letter-writing campaign to about 500 of the clinic's patients "that may have been involved in this tank".
The hospital said it's conferring with experts about why the storage tank malfunctioned. Staff members at the clinic then spent days going through patient records to verify which patients were affected.
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. In 1982, he helped to develop one of the nation's earliest reproductive technology programs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
In the Cleveland incident at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center's fertility clinic, officials notified about 700 patients that their frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged. Some patients had more than one sample stored, and some of the samples were provided as long ago as the 1980s. "We are truly sorry this happened and for the anxiety that this will surely cause".