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The board recommends that the doctor’s license be revoked or suspended.
The woman, referred to as L.C., was in her late 40s and already had three adult children when she started in vitro treatments with Dr. Kamvara.
Out of the seven embryos planted, only four developed into fetuses, three of whom were born, with the fourth dying in the womb.
Such a high number of embryos “transferred to L.C. should not have been transferred into any woman, regardless of age.”
Ms. Suleman, who had received in vitro treatments in the past, was 34 when she was treated by the doctor. She became a tabloid sensation and sparked criticism from the public when it was discovered that she was not married, was unemployed and had already given birth to six children, four of which were conceived by in vitro.
Even when conceived naturally and/or with the aid of fertility drugs, pregnancies become riskier to both mother and offspring with every additional child. To deliberately implant multiple embryos became the subject of much criticism during the “Octomom” celebrity fracas.
The board also said that Dr. Kamvara never referred “L.C.” to a mental health professional before her treatments. The woman and her family should have received “appropriate counseling from an expert to help them deal with this unique situation.”
The board accused the doctor of providing “IVF treatment without consideration regarding potential harm to [the patient’s] future children.”
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