IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 46 / Issue 4 / DOI: 10.12891/ceog5028.2019

Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology (CEOG) is published by IMR Press from Volume 47 Issue 1 (2020). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

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
*Correspondence: (J.H. CHECK)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2019, 46(4), 646–647;
Published: 10 August 2019

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.

Embryo transfer
Embryo rescue
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