Octuplets mother defends accused fertility doctor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman is defending the fertility doctor who helped her conceive 14 children, saying in a video posted to RadarOnline.com on Tuesday that he did “absolutely nothing wrong.”
The California Medical Board on Monday accused Suleman’s Beverly Hills fertility doctor, Michael Kamrava, of gross negligence in three instances: transferring too many embryos, repeatedly transferring fresh embryos when frozen ones were available and failing to refer her for a mental health evaluation.
The board could revoke or suspend his license.
Suleman, who already had six other children, gave birth to the world’s longest-living set of octuplets on Jan. 26. She has said she underwent the in vitro treatment that bore octuplets because she didn’t want her frozen embryos to go to waste.
But the medical board alleges that Kamrava never used frozen embryos in any of her pregnancies, putting her health at increased risk.
Kamrava’s lawyer, Peter Osinoff, said Monday that Suleman requested fresh embryos be used to improve her chances of success in each pregnancy. He could not immediately be reached Tuesday.
Suleman refuted those allegations in the video Tuesday saying that Kamrava told her he transferred whatever was left of the frozen embryos.
Seeming to have second thoughts, Suleman added she may have signed papers she hadn’t read.
“Maybe that was my negligence,” she said.
Though Suleman has also pledged to stop having children, she seemed to joke with Radar that Kamrava losing his license would curb her ability to have more babies.
“What am I going to do if I ever in the future want to go back?” she said with a laugh. “Really, what am I going to do?”
Kamrava is also accused of giving Suleman too much of a hormone while stimulating in vitro fertilization, poor record keeping and failing to recognize that Suleman’s conduct was placing her offspring at risk.
Kamrava’s attorney said Monday that the doctor wants to continue practicing medicine.