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Have you been affected by the recent University Hospitals fertility freezer incident?

March 18, 2018 GMT

Have you been affected by the recent University Hospitals fertility freezer incident?

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Sometime between March 3 and 4, there was an increase in temperature in a freezer at Ahuja Medical Center containing 2,000 eggs and embryos gathered through in vitro fertilization procedures. About 700 patients were left wondering if the eggs and embryos they had entrusted to the hospital system to store had been compromised.

UH has been contacting affected patients, but it hasn’t publicly shared the extent of damage to the materials in the freezer or how the incident occurred. For many patients, the news is a blow to their plans to build a family. Many women freeze eggs to ensure their ability to have biological children in the future, especially if they are undergoing cancer treatments that will affect fertility.Patients have filed at least nine lawsuits against UH and there has been talk of a class action.

Read more of The Plain Dealer’s coverage of the fertility clinic failures.

If you have been affected by the situation at UH’s fertility clinic, help us report what is happening. We are looking for UH patients willing to share their stories about their fertility journey, and how UH is handling the situation.

Contact health reporters Ginger Christ, gchrist@plaind.com, 216-870-0280 or Julie Washington at jwashington@plaind.com. Please include your full name, city, age and daytime phone number.