Update: Octuplets’ mom already has six kids

January 30, 2009

The Californian woman who gave birth to octuplets earlier this week already has six children, US media has reported.  The eight babies were delivered nine weeks early by Cesarean section in a hospital near Los Angeles on Monday. The mother has not been named, but US media is quoting family members as saying she already has six other children, including twins.

Doctors say the eight babies are making good progress and are expected to stay in hospital for several more weeks. The Associated Press news agency spoke to a man identified as the babies’ grandfather, who was with two children. The children said they were excited to have eight new siblings.  Rumor is all 14 kids came from the same sperm donor.

The Los Angeles Times later carried an interview with a woman identified as the babies’ grandmother Angela Suleman, who said her daughter already has six young children and never expected fertility treatment she had received would result in eight more babies, “They [the embryos] all happened to take.”

She said that doctors had given her daughter the option of reducing the number of embryos, but she had declined.

“What do you suggest she should have done? She refused to have them killed. That is a very painful thing,” she said.

[Experts] would be astounded if a fertility specialist actually implanted eight eggs,” ABC News medical contributor Dr. Tim Johnson said. “Current guidelines, which are guidelines, not law, would suggest between one and four. … A vast majority of experts would say that [implanting eight] is bad practice.”

The babies have been assigned the letters A to H in the order of their birth.

Seven were breathing without assistance, while Baby G was still receiving oxygen through a tube in his nose.

When the babies come home, they are expected to join their six other brothers and sisters as well as their grandparents in the family’s three-bedroom home. According to neighbors, the mother is single and in her 30s.  Not a pretty picture and how does a woman in this situation get approved and pay for fertility treatment in the first place, with 6 kids already?


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One Response to “Update: Octuplets’ mom already has six kids”

  1. StephanieInCA on January 30th, 2009 6:35 pm

    i wish i could be more enthusiastic about the birth of these octuplets, but i’m not. of course i’m glad they’re all alive and healthy (at least for now), but i can’t help but feeling like their mother did an increadibly insane/selfish thing. getting pregnant and having a baby you can’t support by accident is one thing–it sucks, but it happens. but having eight viable embryos implanted when you already have six children at home? that’s just selfish and cruel, if you ask me.

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