In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, set to air on February 24th, Ed Suleman (aka Doud), father of octuplet mom Nadya Suleman, said that he considers his daughter’s actions, and that of her doctor “absolutely irresponsible.” Suleman also questioned his daughter’s mental stability. However, he asks the public not to punish his daughter or the babies because “they were given by God.” Issuing a plea for the public’s help, he said “You know what? She needs help. I say to everybody now — people — we do need help.” Besides being faced with the enormous responsibility of 14 children, the home where Nadya and her children presently reside is in danger of foreclosure unless $23,225 is paid before May.
Well, it looks as if renowned attorney Gloria Allred and a registered nurse named Linda West-Conforti are stepping up to the plate. West-Conforti has offered Nadya Suleman and her children the services of “Angels in Waiting,” a non-profit founded by West-Conforti, which cares for children in foster care who are “medically fragile.” AIW will provide free medical and emotional services to the family, a place to stay and round-the-clock care, consisting of 12 caretakers for the children, including trained nurses experienced in tending seriously ill children. For a family this large, it would normally cost approximately $135,000 a month, and the services could only go on for a limited time unless more donations are received. Suleman has a week to accept the offer. If she doesn’t accept the offer, Allred says, Nadya Suleman may have all 14 of her children taken and put in foster care by social services,
West-Conforti says they are trying to give Nadya Suleman a “support system,” not take away her children. Besides the 24-hour nursing care, occupational and physical therapy and a home, accepting this offer would free the taxpayers of the burden of supporting the large family. Presently, Suleman is unemployed, receives $490 a month in food stamps and three of her children receive supplemental social security. In addition, the hospital where they were born has filed for Medi-Cal reimbursement for the care of the octuplets. It is also reported that the octuplet mom has and will receive money from media interviews and tabloids.
Allred has reportedly already filed a complaint with the county to have officials investigate the how safe the children would be in Suleman’s custody, and asks the state to temporarily remove the children if conditions warrant it.
Nadya Suleman has not yet responded to the offer, made last week.
After seeing photos of the grandparents, one picture of the grandfather holding one of the older children with such a sad look on his face, I am really beginning to feel sorry for the grandparents. They’ve lost just about everything they own because of their daughter. I think they should get legal custody of the children, and Angels in Waiting or any other place that wants to house these children should include the grandparents.