A California jury just awarded nearly $15 million to five people who lost eggs and embryos when a cryogenic storage tank malfunctioned at a fertility clinic in the state.
The federal jury awarded the payout — which includes $14 million in damages for pain and suffering — Thursday in a case against Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco, which destroyed about 3,500 frozen eggs and embryos in 2018.
The cash will go to three women who lost eggs in the mishap and a couple who lost an embryo.
The case was only the first against Chart Industries Inc., the company that made the tank. Hundreds of other people have sued it over the California snafu and a similar one that occurred the same day in Ohio, where more than 4,000 eggs and embryos were lost.
The case was against Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco.Pacific Fertility Center
One of the women who lost eggs in the California storage-tank failure