Octuplet Fertility Doctor Accused of Misconduct

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The Medical Board of California has formally accused fertility doctor Michael Kamrava, of a pattern of gross negligence and of creating a stockpile of unused embryos that serve “no clinical purpose,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Kamrava is the doctor who performed the in vitro fertilization on Nadya Suleman who gave birth to octuplets in January 2009. The board filed the accusation in December 2009 reacting to Kamrava’s treatment of Suleman over the course of 11 years. During that time his IVF procedures led to the birth of 14 children to Suleman.

According to the accusation, on six occasions Kamrava transferred a number of embryos that far exceeds what is recognized as medically acceptable (Yoshino, Los Angeles Times, 1/5). American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines call for transferring one or two embryos to patients 35 and younger in order to lower the risk of multiple births. According to Women’s Health Policy Report, Kamrava transferred six embryos into Suleman’s uterus in July 2008. It is believed that two of those embryos split into twins leading to the birth of eight babies.

The accusation states that the number of embryos transferred was so high that they “should not be transferred into any woman, regardless of age,” adding that the transfer that produced the octuplets when “beyond the reasonable judgment of any treating physician,” (LA Times).

The accusation also cited Kamrava for transferring fresh embryos when frozen ones were available, failing to refer Suleman for a mental health evaluation, using too much of a hormone during the IVF procedure, lax record keeping and “failure to recognize the [Suleman’s] behavior was outside the norm and that her conduct was placing her offspring at risk for potential harm.” The board added that 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 conceive.”

Source: Medical News Today, NationalPartnership.org, Los Angeles Times


 
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