'Octomom' doctor has medical licence revoked
A fertility doctor who injected a woman with six times the normal number of embryos is to lose his medical licence next month.
Nadya Suleman has become famed as the Californian ‘octomom’ who in 2009 successfully gave birth to octuplets; only the second person in the US to do so.
The state’s medical board ruled that Michael Kamrava, Suleman’s fertility doctor, was guilty of being grossly negligent after he implanted an “excessive number” of embryos into Suleman.
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Although Suleman became a media sensation after the successful birth, it was quickly discovered that she was an unemployed, single mother already with six children.
Kamrava helped Suleman to conceive all 14 of her children through repeated in-vitro fertility (IVF) treatments.
The Medical Board of California made the decision to revoke his medical licence as it said “public protection is paramount.”
Kamrava was also found to be negligent of his treatment of two other fertility patients; a woman who suffered severe complications after becoming pregnant with quadruplets and another who received a diagnoses of advanced ovarian cancer after undergoing fertility treatment.
The legal team representing Kamrava argued that Suleman had failed to follow through with terminating an excessive number of feotuses.
But these arguments were rejected by the board and they said: “To assign even a scintilla of responsibility to a patient who becomes pregnant and then elects not to follow through with a procedure that may jeopardise her (and possibly her family's) prized objective is troubling.”
Dr Kamrava’s licence will be officially revoked on July 1 2011
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What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”