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Octuplets mother's Beverly Hills fertility doctor accused of gross negligence by state [Updated]

January 4, 2010 |  4:57 pm

The Beverly Hills fertility doctor who helped Nadya Suleman give birth to 14 children, including octuplets, has been accused by the California Medical Board of repeated gross negligence.

Both Suleman and Dr. Michael Kamrava made international headlines last January, after the Southern California woman gave birth to only the second set of octuplets ever delivered in the United States.

[Update: The story originally said the babies were born on Jan. 28. They were born on Jan. 26.] Her babies, who will turn 1 on Jan. 28, are the longest-surviving set. Suleman is a single mother who was unemployed and living with her parents. All her children were conceived through in vitro fertilization. At the time, Suleman said she continued having babies because she couldn’t face destroying her frozen embryos.

But, according to the accusation filed Dec. 22 by the Medical Board, Kamrava continued administering fertility medication to increase egg production and retrieving eggs to create fresh embryos even though Suleman still had frozen embryos from previous cycles.

In addition to accusations of gross negligence, the board said Kamrava also failed to refer Suleman to a mental health professional and negligently administered high doses of fertility medication – which could lead to ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

Kamrava could not be reached for comment at his Beverly Hills clinic, which remains open.

-- Kimi Yoshino