How the big blackout killed the baby hopes of a dozen Adelaide families.
Below is the full statement Today Tonight received from Flinders Medical Centre, on whose back-up generator Flinders Fertility relies:
“We would like to express our sincerest condolences and apologise to all of the families involved. We’re currently reviewing the circumstances that led to the Flinders Fertility laboratory being without power during part of Wednesday’s extreme weather event. We will also work closely with Flinders Fertility to make sure the families receive all the support and assistance they need during this difficult time.”
Below is the full statement we received from Flinders Fertility:
“Flinders Fertility has expressed its deepest sympathies to families whose fertility treatments were affected by last night’s catastrophic power failure.
A loss of power to the Flinders Fertility laboratory at the Flinders Medical Centre compromised its incubators, affecting embryos for a small number of our patients. Despite every effort by our scientists, the embryos are no longer viable.
This is a devastating situation for our patients, and very distressing for our staff. Flinders Fertility doctors have contacted patients directly, and individual support and counselling is being provided.
We have advised families wishing to repeat the procedure through another cycle that they will be given priority in their ongoing treatment and will not face any costs in repeating the cycle.
Flinders Fertility is assuring families and patients that cryopreserved material was not affected by last night’s events.
The FMC is reviewing the circumstances that led to the Flinders Fertility laboratory being without power during Wednesday’s unprecedented weather event.”