Hundreds of families’ dreams of having a baby using frozen eggs or embryos may have been dashed due to a storage tank malfunction at an Ohio fertility center.
The temperature in one of the site’s two liquid nitrogen tanks storing specimens at University Hospitals’ UH Fertility Center in suburban Cleveland rose above acceptable limits overnight Saturday, according to the Plain Dealer.
The liquid nitrogen freezer held about 2,000 egg and embryo specimens, according to James Liu, chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UH Cleveland Medical Center. Some patients had more than one sample stored. Some of the samples were provided in the 1980s.
Patti DePompei, president of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and MacDonald Women’s Hospital, called the situation “absolutely devastating.”
It is exacerbated by the fact that the only way to determine if the specimens are viable is to thaw them, Liu told the Plain Dealer. That only happens when the samples are used in order to avoid any damage. Some samples that were unfrozen for scheduled procedures this week were not viable. It’s not clear how many of the samples may be similarly damaged.
The reason for the malfunction is still unknown. "Until we know the issue that caused this,” Liu said, “we will be monitoring the tank 24/7.”
RELATED: Banned baby names around the world
Banned baby names around the world
Banned baby names around the world
France won't allow a name if the courts agree it will lead to a lifetime of mockery
In France, local birth certificate registrars must inform their local court if they feel a baby name goes against the child's best interests.
The court can then ban the name if it agrees, and will do so especially if it feels the name could lead to a lifetime of mockery.
In general, if the name is deemed to harm the child's well-being or be offensive to a third party, it will not be approved. Other rules include no giving a boy a girl's name or a girl a boy's name, no biblical villains, no naming your child a brand name, no place names, and no last names as first names.
Baby names banned in Switzerland
In Iceland, baby names must align with the linguistic structure and conventional spelling system of Iceland
Unless both parents are foreign, parents in Iceland must submit their child's name to the National Registry within six months of birth. If the name is not on the registry's list of approved names, parents must seek approval of the name with the Icelandic Naming Committee.
About half of the names submittedget rejected for violating Iceland's strict naming requirements. Among these requirements, names must be capable of having Icelandic grammatical endings, may not conflict with the linguistic structure of Iceland, and should be written in accordance with the ordinary rules of Icelandic orthography.
So, for example, if a name contains a letter that does not appear in the Icelandic alphabet (the letters C, Q, and W, for example), the names are banned.
Baby names banned in Iceland
Denmark only allows names from a pre-approved list
The name won't be accepted if it is considered to be a major disadvantage for the person or for other strong reasons.
And you cannot choose a first name that is already registered in Norway's Population Register as a last or middle name (in Norway, middle names are essentially second surnames). The exception is if the name has origins or tradition as a first name in Norway or abroad or has tradition in a culture that does not distinguish between first and last name. So naming your baby one of the most popular last names in Norway, like Hansen or Haugen, would not be allowed.
Baby names banned in Norway
Sweden bans names it considers 'obviously unsuitable' as a first name or offensive