A doctor implanted a total of 12 embryos into the 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman, who subsequently gave birth to eight babies, a Medical Board of California hearing has been told. Dr Michael Kamrava could now lose his license after State Deputy Attorney General Judith Alvarado said that he had endangered the mother and violated standards of care in the US, reports the UK's Daily Telegraph.
The Attorney General said that the doctor "knew that a 12-embryo transfer was unsafe", but nonetheless went ahead with the process. Guidelines say no more than two embryos should be used for a healthy woman under the age of 35. Suleman, who was quickly tagged the 'Octomom' gave birth to eight babies in January 2009, and she was already a single mother to six children. Dr Victor Y Fujimoto, an expert witness, said that Dr Kamrava had made an "extreme departure from standard of care", by going ahead with the embryo implant without referring Suleman for a mental health evaluation, he added, "I cannot imagine any colleague of mine transferring that many embryos".
The hearing to determine whether Kamrava was guilty of negligence is expected to last for two weeks.