The Beverly Hills doctor who helped Nadya Suleman conceive octuplets also provided fertility treatment to a 49-year-old woman who is pregnant with quadruplets and is hospitalized at County-USC Medical Center, according to the L.A. Times.
Several sources told The Times that Dr. Michael Kamrava transferred at least seven embryos made from younger donor eggs to the woman.
Reached by telephone, the woman, who is about five months pregnant, denied that Kamrava was her doctor. She said her doctors urged her not to talk to the media because she is already dealing with a high-risk pregnancy and doesn’t need more stress.
“Please respect my privacy,” she said.
Fertility experts said that transferring that many embryos raises the odds of a multiple birth, which threatens the health of the mother and babies.
“I do think it is concerning, and dangerous, especially to the mother,” said one doctor with knowledge of the case. “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.”
The California Medical Board is already investigating the octuplets case, in which 33-year old Nadya Suleman gave birth to six boys and two girls, to see if the doctor may have violated standards of care.