Dr. of Octomom Nadya Suleman Faces More Charges
The doctor in legal trouble over implanting too many embryos into "Octomom" Nadya Suleman is facing yet more charges for the same types of actions. Dr. Michael Kamrava is facing allegations from the Medical Board of California that he implanted too many embryos in an additional patient and, in another case, failed to order tests in a patient facing stage 3 ovarian cancer.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the California Medical Board is alleging Kamrava's actions in one case "constitute an extreme departure from the standard of practice." The new charges against the doctor come six months after the Board accused him of a pattern of gross negligence that led to the birth of eight of Nadya Suleman's 14 children. In addition to the over-implantation in Suleman's case, the Board says Kamrava has created a "stockpile" of unused frozen embryos that serve "no clinical purpose."
The new allegations, according to the Times, included two separate cases. In one, Dr. Kamrava implanted seven embryos into a 48 year-old woman referred to in the charging documents as L.C. The medically recommended number of implanted embryos is two. The doctor's actions caused L.C. to become pregnant with quadruplets, delivered six weeks early. One fetus was lost during the complicated pregnancy; one was born with "profound developmental delays," according to the Amended Accusation filed at the end of June.
In a separate case, Dr. Kamrava is accused of implanting an embryo into a woman with a history of cancer. According to the Medical Board, Kamrava failed to order additional tests or refer her to a specialist to rule out ovarian cancer, after initial test results were "questionable." The Times writes that when the patient sought a second opinion after failing to become pregnant, she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer, according to the Medical Board documents.
Dr. Michael Kamrava has repeatedly declined comment on the charges.
The California Medical Board has the ability to revoke Kamrava's medical license. A hearing has been set for October.
- 'Octomom' Doctor Accused of Implanting 7 Embryos in New Patient (FOXNews)
- State Law Summaries: Medical Malpractice and Reform (FindLaw)
- Artificial Conception: Artificial Insemination and In Vitro Fertilization (FindLaw)
- Reproduction (FindLaw's LawBrain)
- Birth Injuries Information Center (provided by McKeen & Associates, PC)
- Cancer Misdiagnosis: Patients' Rights (provided by Biancheria & Maliver P.C.)
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