- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The fertility doctor who treated “Octomom” Nadya Suleman last year is back in the spotlight, accused of medical malpractice by the state licensing board.

The California Medical Board filed a lawsuit against Dr. Michael Kamrava this week for implanting a 48-year-old woman with seven embryos, a number that the board said put her at “great risk.”

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.

According to the medical board’s complaint, Dr. Kamvara demonstrated “gross negligence,” and his actions led to “catastrophic results.”

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 complaint mentions a similar lawsuit filed by the board in January 2008 against Dr. Kamvara for helping Ms. Suleman conceive a set of octuplets.

The board accused the doctor of providing “IVF treatment without consideration regarding potential harm to [the patient’s] future children.”

The complaint includes other cases, highlighting a woman who discovered she had ovarian cancer after becoming pregnant. According to the board, Dr. Kamvara did not test the woman before treatment.

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