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The Devastating Thing This Mum Lost During Blackouts In SA

Dozens of couples in South Australia have been left utterly devastated after a state-wide blackout caused by extreme storms destroyed embryos at a fertility clinic.

South Australian woman Kristy Price fears that her lost embryos were her last chance at having a sibling for her two-old-child. 

The mother of one was looking for a park at Flinders Medical Centre when she was told the utterly devastating news that the blackout had destroyed her last two embryos. 

Kristy opened up to The Advertiser about her unimaginable ordeal, with this heart-breaking letter:

To learn that my last two embryos that had been in storage for a number of years and had been cultured to a point that they were ready for transfer were now no longer “viable” due to a power failure was unimaginable.

I had been driving in the Flinders Medical Centre car park looking for a park only one hour before the planned transfer when I received the news.

I had started the IVF journey when I was 38 years old and am now 42 and as a result have now been informed that the likelihood of a successful outcome has significantly diminished from the chances that were possible with my lost embryos.

The reality of the situation I now find myself in is almost unbelievable. The fact that a major trauma hospital in Adelaide could find itself in the situation, regardless of the circumstances, where they were without power for any length of time is incomprehensible.

The news has been beyond devastating for me as I was always planning on attempting two frozen transfers before reassessing my situation.

I have a son Spencer who is now 2 years old from the same batch of embryos so I was hopeful that these two embryos were viable.

I met with the fertility doctor on Tuesday, October 4, and was reassured by the clinic that none of their incubators were faulty or were the cause of the malfunction or power loss.

The instruction given to this doctor by management was that no patient affected should be out of pocket so I have been offered to undertake a completely fresh IVF cycle which they have planned for me to commence towards the end of November.

No amount of compensation can replace the opportunity that I lost or the biological age of the eggs that were used in that round of IVF when the power went out.

Patients undergoing IVF treatments are mentally prepared for there to be biological issues with either the eggs, sperm, embryos or transfer environment, however, the difficulty in this situation is that none of what patients prepare for actually happened.

This is what makes it so hard to comprehend.

Although the past week has been emotionally exhausting for me, no doubt it has impacted on my

family who have provided me invaluable support.

I have chosen to try to focus my attention on moving forward.

No one can really say they know the extent of what was lost last week during the power outage because we will never know if those embryos waiting for transfer were going to result in a child or not.

However, to patients undertaking IVF, these embryos represented a potential future, gave families hope and carried a huge amount of emotional value.

My hope is that this never occurs again and other families don’t suffer the anguish, despair and devastation that was last week.

Our thoughts are with Kirsty and her family during this difficult time. 

Do you know someone who has had a similar experience? Share your story below. 

Source: The Advertiser

Main Image: The Advertiser / Naomi Jellicoe 

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