Woman claims hospital stored frozen embryo for years without her knowledge

A Massachusetts woman has filed a lawsuit against a Rhode Island hospital she says froze her embryo and kept it in storage for 13 years without her knowledge.

The Providence Journal reports that Marisa Cloutier-Bristol says in her lawsuit against Women & Infants Hospital in Providence that its negligence took away her chance to have another child and caused her severe emotional distress.

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The North Attleborough woman says she found out about the embryo in 2017 after receiving a letter saying she needed to pay $500 to keep it in storage.

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According to the lawsuit, the embryo had been frozen in 2004 before she and her first husband decided to end in vitro fertilization treatment.

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Hospital spokeswoman Amy Blustein declined to comment on the case, citing patient privacy laws.

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