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Kamrava at it again-transfers at least 7 embryos into a 49 year old woman

This news is breaking tonight:

Octuplets doctor has another patient expecting quadruplets

The patient, who is in her late 40s, wanted one baby. Dr. Michael Kamrava transferred at least seven embryos to her. She is now hospitalized without insurance.

By Kimi Yoshino, Jessica Garrison and Alan Zarembo
February 13, 2009
A few months after Dr. Michael Kamrava helped Nadya Suleman become pregnant with octuplets, he transferred at least seven embryos to another patient.

She was in her late 40s and wanted just one baby.

Now she’s five months pregnant with quadruplets and hospitalized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to several sources familiar with the situation.

The new case could add to concerns about Kamrava’s practice and about whether the fertility industry needs more regulation.

In fertility medicine, any pregnancy greater than twins is considered a poor outcome because of the danger it poses to the mother and the babies. Quadruplet births are rare, with an average of 14 sets born in California each year, according to state records.

“Historically, we have been very hesitant to regulate anything close to procreation from parents making judgments about how many children they will have and when,” said Kirk O. Hanson, ethics professor and executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

“However, that worked under a natural process of fertilization and incubation. There are serious questions about whether it works in an era of scientifically enhanced procreation.”

The woman in the latest case arrived recently at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles for unspecified treatment but was transferred last week to County-USC Medical Center because she lacks insurance. Doctors placed her on bed rest until the birth of the babies, which could be two or three months from now.

The California Medical Board has said it is looking into the octuplets’ case to determine whether a doctor may have violated any standards of care.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, which has guidelines limiting the number of embryos that can be transferred depending on the woman’s age and other circumstances, said it is also examining the doctor’s practice. No laws govern this issue.

The guidelines allow for the transfer of more embryos in older women. But in this case, the woman was using embryos made from eggs donated by a woman in her late 20s — which fertility specialists said increased the possibility of a multiple birth.

“I do think it is concerning, and dangerous, especially to the mother. She is close to 50. When women get to be that age, our fear is the cardiovascular complications, such as stroke or heart attack. That’s how serious this is,” said Dr. John Jain, a fertility specialist with knowledge of the case.


The outcry is going to be deafening as this new incident circulates. Not only did Kamrava transplant more than double the amount of embryos permitted under ASRM guidelines, but he did so into a woman who is near 50 and without any apparent means to support these children. While Kamrava will likely be disciplined, the ultimate victims besides the babies in these situations will be the millions of infertile people around the country who will find it more difficult to start their own families because of the likely draconian legislation that is sure to come.


2 comments for “Kamrava at it again-transfers at least 7 embryos into a 49 year old woman”

  • Proud Mom

    You know what they say about one rotten apple. This doctor will ruin it for all of us. Hopefully sane heads willk win the day.

  • Thanks very much, we are a medical consultory in Brazil and you provided a very useful information here!

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