University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland notified over 700 families Friday, March 9, 2018, of the potential destruction of their eggs and embryos that were stored in their cryogenic facility the prior weekend.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
- The dreams of hundreds of people to start and in many cases, expand, their families were shattered by University Hospitals Fertility Center’s monumental breach of trust.
- Many of these wonderful people have unique sets of personal facts that will make it impossible for them to remedy this tragedy of tragedies.
- A liquid nitrogen storage tank at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center unexpectedly heated up sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning (March 3-4, 2018).
- Many of the affected families learned in the news media that their eggs and/or embryos were destroyed. University Hospitals waited nearly four days before they made any effort to notify families. We do know that University Hospital has refused to release any information that details the cause. What we do know is that many of my clients’ sadness and despair has turned to anger due to University Hospitals Fertility Center communication blackout.
- An embryo is defined as the developing pregnancy from the time of fertilization until the end of the eighth week of gestation. This stage is characterized by the formation of most internal organs and external body structures.
- Eggs and embryos are frozen for a number of reasons. A woman may not be in a relationship, but would like to have children. A man may be starting cancer treatments that would compromise his fertility and the couple would like to preserve their ability to have a child later on.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
- How this happened? Was it human error, mechanical failure or a combination of both?
- Why did it take over a week to notify the families?
- Why did University Hospitals Fertility Clinic allow people to discover this tragedy in the news?
- Why is University Hospitals Fertility Clinic not being forthcoming with information?
- Why the University Hospitals Fertility Center was unstaffed that weekend?
- What happened to the worker that should have been monitoring the tank?
- How has anything changed? How can we trust University Hospitals Fertility Clinic in the future? What reassurances are in place?
DO YOU WANT ANSWERS?
We are representing several families in our hometown who suffered incomprehensible loss. Our goal in representing these wonderful people is twofold.
First and foremost, we need to find out exactly what happened and hold University Hospitals Fertility Center accountable for this monumental breach of trust. And by doing so, we will ensure that this never happens again. Of equal importance, we will work with you and University Hospital Fertility Center to make sure that you receive the appropriate medical care. And once that has been achieved, we will together determine a fair and equitable amount of compensation for this tragedy of tragedies.
If you have suffered from this unimaginable error, call me, I will be there for you, and I will MAKE them pay®!! 877.944.4373
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