Beverly Hills CA Doc. Who Treated ‘Octomom’ Under Fire by State Medical Board
07/15/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Beverly Hills, CA—The Medical Board of California accused the fertility doctor who treated “Octomom” Nadya Suleman of medical malpractice, citing two additional cases in which there were apparent deviations from the standard of care. The Medical Board filed a 20-page amended accusation on June 30, 2010, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Dr. Michael Kamrava, the fertility doctor notorious for treating Nadya Suleman, is no stranger to scrutiny. Kamrava stepped into the limelight when the Medical Board accused him of a “pattern of gross negligence” with regard to the births of Suleman’s 14 children.
Dubbed “Octomom,” Suleman birthed the world longest-surviving octuplets. All of her children were born through the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. Also, according to information provided by the New York Daily News, Suleman was supporting her kids with food stamps and Social Security disability payments, given that three of her children were born with disabilities.
Now six months after the Board slammed Dr. Kamrava for treating Suleman, the doctor faces a slew of new allegations. In one particular case, Kamrava implanted seven embryos into a 48-year-old woman referred to as L.C. The Board contends the procedure put the woman, who became pregnant with quadruplets, at risk of severe complications.
The medical malpractice complaint alleged, “He placed L.C. at great risk… which was confirmed by a quadruplet pregnancy that ended with catastrophic results.” L.C. reportedly lost one fetus while pregnant and delivered three others via cesarean section. Also, the one of her children was born with “profound developmental delays”.
The complaint also charges Kamrava with failing to refer L.C. for a mental health evaluation and counseling to determine whether the she was truly prepared to undergo multi-fetal pregnancy reduction. This, the board says, amounted to “an extreme departure from the standard of practice”.
Another allegation stated Kamrava transferred an embryo into an unidentified 42-year-old woman whose ultrasound revealed the presence of ovarian cysts. While cytology results came back “questionable,” Kamrava never ordered any additional tests into the matter.
After the woman failed to become pregnant, she sought out a second opinion, leading her to discover that she had stage 3 ovarian cancer.
A hearing scheduled for October will likely determine whether Kamrava will have his medical license revoked. Though he has not commented on the pending case, Kamrava maintained Suleman’s case “was done the right way… under the circumstances”.
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