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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Octomom's doc says he's sorry now. Really?



octomom.jpgAccording to this news account, Dr. Michael Kamrava is sorry. The Beverly Hills fertility specialist implanted a couple dozen eggs in the uterus of unemployed attention seeker Nadya Suleman, better known as the Octomom after she gave birth to eight babies, adding to the six she already had.

 "I'm sorry for what happened. When I look back at it, I wish I had never done it and it will never happen again,"  Kamrava said last week,   wiping away tears at a Medical Board of California hearing last week. When the news first broke, he defended his actions on ABC's Nightline.

The doctor could have his medical license revoked if it is determined that he was grossly negligent in his treatment of Suleman and two other female patients: a 48-year-old who suffered complications after she became pregnant with quadruplets and a 42-year-old diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer after receiving fertility treatments.

I had hoped this Octomom story would have brought about a national conversation on our fertility polices. In other countries, doctors are not allowed to put more than a set number of fertilized eggs in a woman's body. In the U.S., it's merely a guideline -- one this doctor ignored several times. There's economics at play, since treatment is extremely expensive.

Kamrava said the 48-year-old patient also initially agreed to reduce the number of fetuses if it was more than triplets, but later changed her mind. But critics on the medical board said he should have sent her for a medical evaluation and grossly exceeded his specialty's guidelines.

So we need stronger guidelines for fertility doctors?

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Monday, October 25, 2010 11:00am]


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