In May this year, Kate Plants organised a memorial service. She was grieving the loss of her five embryos.
Around 4000 embryos and eggs were destroyed when the temperature rose in a storage tank at a fertility centre in Cleveland, Ohio, over a weekend in March.
Plants had her embryos frozen four years ago, before having her ovaries removed as part of treatment for cancer. When the embryos were destroyed, she lost her chance of having biological children.
She and her husband had already decorated a nursery and talked about names. They decided they liked Autumn for a girl.
“I think about who they could have been and what they would have been like,” she told CNN earlier this year. “Those were our future children.”
Carrianne Mahoney, who suffered from polycystic ovarian syndrome, was another woman who lost her embryos in the malfunction.
"Now I’m never going to know what those babies were going to grow up to be or anything," she told CNN.