[UPDATED:] New Year Shapes Up Eventfully for Octomom
UPDATED WITH LINK TO VIDEO OF OCTOMOM DEFENDING HER FERTILITY DOCTOR.
It's already shaping up to be an eventful new year for Nadya "Octomom" Suleman.
The La Habra resident rang out 2009 by learning she'd been named the nation's least-desirable neighbor. By Monday morning, Octomom was filling two slots (including the highest spot, kinda sorta) on "The Top LAist Posts of 2009." A few hours later, it was revealed the California Medical Board (CMA) was accusing her fertility doctor of negligence.
(This afternoon, Radar Online posted a video of Suleman defending the doctor. Hilariously, when the reporter first asks Octomom for her reaction to the CMA accusations, she asks back, "Is this new?"--as if Suleman knows of some previous allegations against the physician.)
Real estate shopping website Zillow.com conducted the poll of 2,300 Americans who concluded Suleman was worse as a neighbor than Jon and Kate Gosselin and Richard and Mayumi Heene, the Colorado parents of the child involved in the infamous "balloon boy" stunt.
It's been a circus in the La Habra neighborhood since Suleman, her 14 kids and reality-TV crews moved in after she gave birth to the world's longest living set of octuplets on Jan. 26, 2009.
The most popular posts on LAist--"the most popular blog in Los Angeles"--were determined via reader comments and "likes." Taking the top spot was a post about the Jimmy Kimmel video below titled "Octomom Giving Birth."
About a dozen slots down from that one was a post about the real Suleman having refused a nonprofit's offer of "round-the-clock nursing care to her 14 children, while allowing her entire family to live in a home together." Why? Because the free help from Angels in Waiting would get in the way of Octomom's quest for fame.
The nonprofit told Suleman that they couldn't agree to working in stride with a camera crew because of the risk it posed to the babies' health and their ability to do their work.
The CMA is accusing Michael Kamrava, a fertility doctor in Beverly Hills who treated Suleman, of violating professional guidelines and negligence. The state licensing board says Kamrava acted "beyond the reasonable judgment of any treating physician" in treating Suleman, who is identified in a complaint filed Dec. 22 only be her initials. Kamrava displayed repeated negligence during his treatment of Suleman, beginning in 1997 and culminating in the birth of her famed litter, according to the document.
When N.S. returned to (Kamrava) in July 2005 following the birth of her fourth child and again in January 2007, following the birth of her twins--her fifth and sixth children--(Kamrava) failed to exercise appropriate judgment and question whether there would be harm to her living children and any future offspring should she continue to conceive.
The number of embryos Kamrava implanted in Suleman was "far in excess of the (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) recommendation and beyond the reasonable judgment of any treating physician," according to the complaint, which also faulted the doctor for failing to refer Octomom to a mental health professional after she repeatedly returned for fertility treatments, even after already having six children.
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine expelled Kamrava in September, but his medical license wasn't affected, allowing him to continue treating patients.
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