IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 46 / Issue 4 / DOI: 10.12891/ceog5028.2019
Open Access Case Report
A live normal baby is possible despite exposure of a cleaving embryo in culture to extensive smoke and heat from a raging fire and exposure to chemicals used to extinguishing the fire
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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ, USA
2 Cooper Institute for Reproductive and Hormonal Disorders, P.C., Marlton, NJ, USA
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2019 , 46(4), 646–647; https://doi.org/10.12891/ceog5028.2019
Published: 10 August 2019
Abstract

Purpose: To demonstrate that some embryos can be exposed to fire and smoke and still be rescued and result in a healthy baby following embryo transfer. Materials and Methods: Valiant efforts were made to save cleaving embryos by an embryologist and firefighters exposed to a raging fire. Results: Two of three embryos survived the thaw. Initially, there were twins, but eventually a live healthy full-term baby boy was born. Conclusions: Hopefully, no other IVF center will experience a fire catastrophe as described. However, if it does occur, this case report shows that it is worth the effort, and possible risk to staff, to save the embryos despite smoke and heat exposure.

Keywords
Smoke
Fire
Embryo transfer
Embryo rescue
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