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L.A. County Board of Supervisors takes up octuplets case

February 13, 2009 |  4:38 pm

Suleman  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has taken up the case of the octuplets mother and the Beverly Hills doctor who provided her with fertility treatment.

L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has submitted a motion to be considered Tuesday urging medical regulators to examine the case of Nadya Suleman and her fertility doctor, Michael Kamrava.

Sources have told The Times that Kamrava also provided fertility treatment to a 49-year-old woman who is pregnant with quadruplets and is hospitalized at County-USC Medical Center, which is overseen by the Board of Supervisors.

"While the decision to have children is a personal one, the actions of this physician have potentially compromised the health and safety of both the mothers and the babies," Antonovich wrote in his motion. "What kind of physical and mental health assessments did this doctor do to make sure these and other women he treated were appropriate candidates for in vitro fertilization before performing the procedure?"

The motion praises the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for looking into the case. The motion also encourages the Medical Board of California to "ensure that during the licensing and evaluation process, that the physician under review complies with clinically established guidelines developed by the respective expert medical society. In this case, as well as in other instances in which it is determined a physician acted not in accordance with clinical guidelines and placed the patient at undue risk, the Medical Board should move swiftly to take action with regard to that physician’s continued practice of medicine."

The medical board announced last week that it was looking into the case.

-- Shelby Grad and Jessica Garrison

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