Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 14 February 2024

Heartbreak for more than 130 women at prestigious NHS fertility clinic as ‘horrifying’ fault destroys their eggs, meaning they may now never be able to have children (and it took a YEAR for patients to find out)

More than 100 women might have heartbreakingly lost the chance of becoming mothers because of a fault with the egg freezing process at a top fertility clinic.

Eggs and embryos being stored at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London are now feared to have been destroyed by the error.

Cancer patients who went on to have their wombs surgically removed are among the 136 women affected, it was revealed today.

Treatment for some types of cancer can render women infertile, meaning they can be recommended to get their eggs frozen beforehand.

News of the blunder was only communicated to patients over the past two weeks.

However, The Times reports that the hospital was told about the error in March last year, suggesting they kept the fault under wraps.

All the women affected had eggs or embryos frozen at the clinic in the autumn of 2022, between September and October.

The clinic, which boats of being one of the most advanced of its kind in the country, takes on both NHS and private patients, charging the latter thousands of pounds for IVF treatment and hundreds for cryopreservation of eggs and embryos.

Patient leaflets list the cost of an IVF embryo freeze at £4,750 and an annual cryopreservation storage fee of £350.

A letter sent to the women, seen by the newspaper, informed them that their eggs and embryos ‘may not survive the thaw process’ due to a manufacturing glitch with bottles of solution used to originally freeze them.

Only the unit at Guy’s is currently known to be affected.

But Britain’s fertility treatment regulator says the particular product may have been distributed to other UK clinics, meaning more problems could be uncovered in the future.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA) is actively investigating the incident.

The delay between the incident occurring and women learning of the fault means some may no longer have additional eggs to freeze, effectively dashing their hopes of ever being a biological parent.

Even those who may still have the option for further IVF treatments could face vastly increased difficulty.

The odds of successful IVF rapidly diminish as women age, from 32 per cent for women under 35, to just 4 per cent for women over 44, declining by about 6 or 7 per cent for every couple of years of age.

Guy’s has reportedly apologised for the delay and offered the women counselling.

A letter sent to affected patients reads the Trust had ‘made aware of a manufacturing issue with some bottles of a solution that may have been used to freeze eggs and embryos in September and October 2022’, The Times reported.

It continues: ‘This means that there is a risk that eggs and embryos frozen in the affected solution may not survive the thaw process, and may not be able to be used in treatment.’

Guy’s Assisted Conception Unit treats about 2,000 patients a year.

Women caught in the loss of the eggs and embryos say they are devastated.

One, who spoke anonymously, said: ‘The doctor informed me that the eggs I had frozen are unlikely to be viable, due to a faulty freezing process. It has been devastating.

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