The fertility doctor who treated “Octomom” Nadya Suleman of La Habra faces new state medical board accusations.
As was alleged in the Suleman case, Dr. Michael Kamrava
transferred too many embryos into an unnamed woman and failed to
recommend that she see a mental health professional, California Medical Board documents show.
The 48-year-old woman, who already had three kids, went on to become pregnant with
The Los Angeles Times gets the scoop.
The complaint, which was filed June 30, states the Beverly Hills-based fertility doctor should have recommended the woman seek mental
health services because “she was in her late 40's, her second
husband was in his early 30's, she has three adult children and was
seeking assisted reproductive technology using a known donor.”
One fetus died and the remaining three were delivered by pre-term
cesarean section at 33 weeks, claims the accusation, which adds one surviving infant was born with
“profound developmental delays.”
Kamrava's “grossly negligent conduct” put the woman at “great risk for a high order
gestation which was confirmed by a quadruplet pregnancy that ended with
catastrophic results,” states the complaint. “The number of embryos should not be transferred into any woman,
regardless of age.”
The medical board, which has the power to revoke Kamrava's medical license, has scheduled an
Oct. 18 administrative hearing in connection with the most recent pregnancies of Suleman and the second woman.
The doctor, who facilitated the in-vitro fertilizations that led to the births of
Suleman's first six children and later the octuplets born in January 2009, appeared on ABC's Nightline Tuesday, but he wouldn't comment on
specifics, citing the right to privacy of patients.
He did acknowledge he has an obligation to not cause
harm to his patients.
American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommendation that one
to two embryos be planted in a woman of Suleman's age, Kamrava said of Octomom's pregnancy, “It was done the right way under the circumstances.”
Other doctors who show up on the news program–including president-elect of the ASRM Dr. Roger Lobo–disagreed.
Dr. John Jain, a reproductive endocrinologist at Santa Monica Fertility
Specialists, called Kamrava's technique is "experimental, at
best,” and indicated a 48-year-old woman carrying quadruplets poses significant health risks for the mother and children.
"Not only are there risks to the unborn babies, pre-term delivery and
all that goes with it as we learned from the octuplets, but to a
49-year-old woman the risks mostly relate to her cardiovascular system
and these risks are serious, such as stroke and heart attack and even
death,” Jain said.
In January, the CMA accused Kamrava of violating
and negligence in the Suleman case, identifying Octomom by her initials in the complaint.
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
of embryos Kamrava implanted in Suleman was "far in excess of the
(ASRM) recommendation and beyond the reasonable judgment of any
treating physician,” according to the earlier 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 ASRM expelled Kamrava in
September 2009, but his medical license wasn't affected, allowing him to
continue treating patients.
Octomom, fresh off being named the least desirable neighbor in the U.S., famously defended Kamrava.