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Tel Aviv hospital destroys frozen embryos by mistake

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7379.12/c (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:12
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    500 frozen embryos have been mistakenly destroyed in a major hospital near Tel Aviv. The founder and head of the fertility laboratory at the Rabin Medical Centre-Hasharon Campus in Petah Tikva forgot to seal the container, causing the liquid nitrogen to evaporate and the temperature inside to rise.

    The hospital informed the health ministry and Clalit Health Services (the health maintenance organisation that owns it) and named a committee of experts to conduct an internal investigation. …

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