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Instead of a Therapist, Doctor Gave Octomom 12 Embryos

Octomom fertility doctor

The right number of embryos, times 6

Hearings are underway this week for Beverly Hills fertility doctor Michael Kamrava, who may have his medical license suspended or revoked after what the state’s medical board says was a gross departure from standard of care for in vitro fertilization.

Kamrava should have implanted no more than two embroyos when his patient, Nadya Suleman came to him for in vitro said Dr. Fujimoto, director of US San Fran’s In Vitro Fertilization program when he testified yesterday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

She already had six kids and was 33 years old. National standards indicated one or two embryos would have been appropriate. Kamrara had said he implanted six embryos and that two had divided to produce eight. Now it’s come out that he in fact implanted 12.

Let’s see, carry the one, divide by two…this was some seriously wacky egg math.

What did she really need instead?

He should have referred her to a therapist, said the state’s expert witness, when she said, as a single, unemployed mom that she wanted to add more children to the six she already had.

He endangered the lives of the babies, who were born last year, nine weeks premature. The medical board of california is accusing him of gross negligence and a lawyer for the California board said yesterday that he should have his license taken away.

Also, even though Suleman had frozen embryos already, the doctor didn’t use these and instead kept giving her more and more expensive fertility treatments to create more embryos. She now has 29 left.

Therapy, sure. Sounds about right. But the doctor is her direct caregiver and he should have had the professional and medical wisdom to know how to talk to her about it himself. Doctors aren’t just there to hand out procedures, they’re there for consultation and advice. Being able to give responsible guidance is in the job description.

Let’s see what the fate is of the other 29 embryos.

Image: the examiner/the View

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