Revealed: Israel Is Storing 1 Million Frozen Embryos, Some From the '80s

A million embryos, created during fertility treatments, are languishing in liquid nitrogen in Israeli hospitals. Some belong to couples who are well past the age of parenting or have died. Storage space is growing scarce and preserving the embryos costs billions – but no one dares destroy them. The reason, in part, is the Holocaust

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Frozen embryos stored in the IVF department of Tel Aviv’s Lis Maternity Hospital, Sourasky Medical Center. The embryos contain the gold mine of the world of medicine today.
Netta Ahituv
Netta Ahituv

Yael, who’s 60, was very surprised by the news: She has an embryo that is waiting in a tiny test tube in the hospital. The discovery threw her back decades in time. Yael and Shlomo (their names have been changed to protect their privacy) were married when they were in their 20s. For four years they tried to have a child, unsuccessfully. Finally they embarked on fertility treatment at a hospital in the center of the country.

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