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Monday, March 2, 2009

Octuplets' Mom Has Six Other Kids and Absent Husband

Bringing home one new baby or even eight is somewhat natural enough. The six boys and two girls -- ranging in weight from 1 pound, 8 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces -- are doing well following their Caesarean-section delivery at the Bellflower hospital, doctors said. They were born nine weeks premature. All eight babies were delivered in five minutes. Baby H, the eight, made headlines for its surprise appearance during the delivery when doctors initially thought the mother was pregnant with seven fetuses. But how's this for overwhelming: The California octuplets born on Jan. 26. have six older siblings at home. The oldest is seven, and the youngest is two.That's fourteen kids, in case you're too stunned to count. Including a set of twins. And what, more all six were conceived using some form of reproductive technology with no supporting father. She used donor sperm provided by a friend; the same man is rumoured to be the father of all six of her children, although he has no involvement with the family. The same fertility specialist provided in-vitro fertilization for all 14 of her children.

The mother Nadya Suleman, 33, a divorced single mother, and the six older kids have been living with Suleman in Whittier, California. Suleman said six embryos were implanted for each of her pregnancies. In her latest, two of Suleman's embryos split, resulting in two sets of twins in the octuplets. And just over eighteen months ago, the woman's parents filed for bankruptcy after buying a home for their daughter and her children. The babies' grandfather, Suleman's husband, is planning to return to his native Iraq to work, in order to help support his daughter's brood. How on earth she ever convinced a fertility specialist to transfer so many eggs in the first place considering the babies face serious health risks, of course, and expensive medical treatments, which makes the family's precarious financial situation an issue. The mother will need a lot of help with fourteen kids, eight of whom are infants, and without a father supports.

The Medical Board of California is investigating the fertility doctor to see if they can substantiate if there was a violation of the standard of care. Doctors say the norm is to implant two or three embryos, at most, in women Suleman's age. It is even harder to understand the fertility doctor centre went ahead when she had six kids, knowing that she was a single mom and put embryos into her nevertheless. Doctor is saying she had two ectopic pregnancies, a dangerous condition in which a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than in the uterus. The state documents describe Suleman becoming pregnant with her first child after a 1999 injury during a riot at a state mental hospital where she worked.

Following a public records request to the state Division of Workers' Compensation it is revealed that Suleman collected more than $165,000 in disability payments between 2002 and 2008 for the work injury, which she said left her in near-constant pain and helped end her marriage.


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