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Doctor helped other multiple pregnancy before octuplets

Fri., Feb. 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES – 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 the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center.

Several sources told the Los Angeles Times that Dr. Michael Kamrava transferred at least seven embryos made from younger donor eggs.

Fertility experts said that transferring that many embryos raises the odds of a multiple birth, which threatens the health of the mother and babies.

The California Medical Board is already investigating the octuplets case. In fertility medicine, any pregnancy greater than twins is considered a failure because of the danger it poses to the mother and the 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 woman in the latest case arrived recently at Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment but was transferred last week to County-USC because she lacks insurance, the sources said.

Doctors placed her on bed rest until the birth of the babies, which, they added, could be two or three months from now.

Reached by telephone, the woman denied that Kamrava was her doctor.

The Times has confirmed information on the pregnancy through several independent sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named.

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