Octomom's doctor accused of 'gross negligence' by medical board

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 1:26pm

UNDATED - 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman's fertility doctor has been accused by the Medical Board of California for a pattern of gross negligence that led to the birth of her 14 children, including the world's longest-surviving octuplets, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The state board also charged that Dr. Michael Kamrava created a "stockpile" of unused frozen embryos which serve "no clinical purpose."

The number of embryos Kamrava transferred in July 2008 was so outside the norm that they "should not be transferred into any woman, regardless of age," the document says.

The Whittier Daily News, Suleman's hometown newspaper, reports that guidelines established by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine say in patients under 35, no more than two embryos should be transferred.

The Times quotes Kamrava's lawyer, Peter Osinoff, as saying the doctor is "devastated" by the charges, which could cost him his license, but says he was following his patient's demands.

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