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Monday 23 October 2017

Octomum 'wanted 10 babies'

The doctor whose IVF treatments gave American Nadya Suleman octuplets has testified that more than a decade before she became known as "Octomom," she had vowed to have 10 children.

"'I'm going to have 10 kids, I just want to have large family,"' Dr Michael Kamrava recalled Ms Suleman saying in their first meeting in 1997.

He testified on his treatment of the mother of 14 during his Medical Board of California's licensing hearing in Los Angeles.

"I didn't make any judgment on that, that's a personal decision," Kamrava said.

The state licensing agency alleges that Kamrava was negligent in the treatment of Ms Suleman and is seeking to revoke or suspend his licence.

The doctor helped Ms Suleman have octuplets and six other children through IVF.

In hearings this week, an expert witness for the state testified that Ms Suleman's medical records show Kamrava implanted 12 embryos in the pregnancy that gave her octuplets. National guidelines recommend no more than two embryos for a woman her age.

The hearing continues.

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