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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge refused to reinstate the medical license of a fertility doctor who gave Octomom Nadya Suleman all 14 of her children, ruling Thursday that the California Medical Board’s revocation was the appropriate action.
“I don’t think your client understands what it is to practice medicine and exercise judgment no matter what the patient wants,” he told the lawyers.
The attorneys argued that revoking Kamrava’s license was akin to issuing a death sentence to his medical career. Attorney John Martin asked the judge to amend the board’s ruling to instead place Kamrava on probation.
Chalfont quickly dismissed that idea.
“”I think your client is so far away from what his duties as a physician are there’s no reason to put him on probation,” the judge said.
Chalfont said he spent two weeks reviewing the case before rendering his decision, adding he did not reach it lightly.
He said the doctor, who had already delivered Suleman’s first six children, should not have been so quick to implant new embryos.
Chalfont did not refer to Suleman by name, although he used her initials from the court files and said her name was widely known. He called her “a patient who is an extreme narcissist,” and said Kamrava should have referred her to mental health experts.
“Your client’s failure to refer this woman for a mental health evaluation is a serious breach of the standard of care,” he said.
“My conclusion is the medical board did not go far enough in its conclusions about your client,” he said.
But he said that, ultimately, his decision was not a difficult one to reach.
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