A 49-year-old patient, reportedly of octomom Dr. Michael Kamrava's, is pregnant with four babies. The woman has no insurance and already has three grown children.
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 County-USC Medical Center, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Several sources told The Times that Dr. Michael Kamrava transferred at least seven embryos made from younger donor eggs.
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, who is about five months pregnant, denied that Kamrava was her doctor. She said her doctors urged her not to talk to the media because she is already dealing with a high-risk pregnancy and doesn't need more stress.
"Please respect my privacy," she said.
(The Times has confirmed the information through several independent sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named.)
The woman has three grown children from a previous marriage but wanted another child with her second husband, who is in his early 30s and doesn't have any children. She works as an apartment manager; her husband is a contractor.
Fertility experts say transferring that many embryos raises the odds of a multiple birth, which threatens the health of the mother and babies.
Quadruplet births are rare, with an average of 14 sets born in California each year, according to state records.
"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."Kamrava could not be reached for comment and has declined previous interview requests. A woman who answered the phone at his West Coast IVF Clinic said, "If [a] mother wants to bring four kids, so what?"
Doctors at USC and Good Samaritan Hospital also declined comment about the quadruplet pregnancy, citing patient confidentiality.
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