Electrician accidentally pulls plug on 9 IVF embryos in TA

May 11, 2010 18:04


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An independent electrician who conducted electricity tests at Tel Aviv’s private Assuta Hospital accidentally turned off the power to the in-vitro fertilization lab there for a few minutes, the hospital reported on Tuesday. One of the lab devices that stores frozen embryos broke down but was "repaired quickly."

There was concern that the halt in power may possibly have affected the frozen embryos stored there for nine couples who want to use them to conceive. The hospital said it contracted the couples. Even though it was not clear whether the embryos had undergone any damage, the women were offered at no cost an additional IVF cycle - which involves taking hormones and having ripe ova removed and fertilized by sperm - and not to use the embryos that were stored there, the hospital spokeswoman said.

The incident was "examined in depth" and the staff were lectured on correct procedures so that no such accident recurs. The Health Ministry received a report of the incident, the hospital said.

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