The story of the octuplets born this week is strange, and sad, and as more information comes out it is painting a most disturbing picture. The latest comes from CBS News. As I noted earlier on this blog this pregnancy should have been discouraged by doctors who are supposed to have a better feel for the mother, family, and extenuating circumstances. After reading about this case it is clear these these ovaries should have been shut down. How did the doctor miss the obvious?
The news that the octuplets’ mother already had six children sparked an intense ethical debate. Some medical experts were disturbed to hear that she was offered fertility treatment, and troubled by the possibility that she was implanted with so many embryos.
Dr. Mark Surrey, a fertility expert, told Early Shownational correspondent Hattie Kauffman that it is irresponsible and medically risky to implant eight embryos. “(Any doctor who would do that) should be criticized, censured, and professionally reviewed,” Surrey said.
Her fertility doctor has not been identified. (SHOCK!)
“I don’t know of anyone who would applaud this as a good outcome,” said Surrey, adding that it was fortunate that all eight babies survived.
The family of the mother moved to Whittier, about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, after they declared bankruptcy and abandoned a home elsewhere, Kauffman has reported.
Birth certificates reviewed by The Associated Press identify a David Solomon as the father for the four oldest children. Certificates for the other children were not immediately available. One of the older children is autistic. The newborns are to be in the hospital for a month before being released.
Should I just assume that the mother has a prize-winning job with awesome health insurance……and the taxpayers are not picking up the tap for this breeder and her litter?