University Hospitals opens hotline, increases security after eggs, embryos potentially damaged

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - University Hospitals is in crisis after it discovered more than 2,000 eggs and embryos may have been damaged or destroyed over last weekend.

Patients are devastated at the potential loss, and as a precaution, the hospital has ramped up security.

"We have stepped up security strictly as a precaution given the emotional nature of the situation," according to a UH statement.

Between Saturday and Sunday, one of the fertility clinic's egg and embryo liquid nitrogen storage tanks began to warm up, triggering the situation.

In response to the news, the clinic has set up a hotline (216-286-9740). The line is staffed by nurse professionals from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

On Thursday, UH officials issued the following statement:

We are investigating a recent incident at our Fertility Clinic involving an unexpected temperature fluctuation with the tissue storage bank where eggs and embryos are stored in liquid nitrogen. At this time, we don't yet know the viability of these eggs and embryos.

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