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Calif. Octuplets' Mom's Veil of Secrecy Vanishes

Calif. Octuplets' Mom's Veil of Secrecy Vanishes

This image provided by NBC shows Nadya Suleman, left, speaking with Ann Curry in New York on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)

John Rogers / AP

February 05, 2009

WHITTIER, Calif. – The veil of secrecy octuplets’ mother Nadya Suleman shrouded herself in for more than a week was lifted Thursday with the release of public documents showing that the 33-year-old struggled with depression for years until she finally began to realize her childhood dream of having a huge family.

Suleman, who now has 14 children, told doctors she battled with depression for years after she was injured in a riot in 1999 at the state mental hospital where she worked.

The doctors’ reports were included in more than 300 pages of documents released to The Associated Press by the state Division of Workers’ Compensation on the same day NBC released excerpts of Suleman’s first interview since giving birth last month. Among other things, the documents reveal that Suleman collected more than $165,000 in disability payments between 2002 and 2008 for an injury she said left her in near-constant pain and helped end her marriage.

Meanwhile, Suleman told NBC what her mother and others have said since the octuplets were born: that she always wanted a huge family to make up for the isolation she felt as an only child.

“That was always a dream of mine, to have a large family, a huge family,” she said. “I just longed for certain connections and attachments with another person that … I really lacked, I believe, growing up.”

In the interview — scheduled to air on the “Today” show Monday and again Tuesday on “Dateline” — Suleman calls her childhood “pretty dysfunctional.”

In the state report, however, doctors indicate she had a happy childhood. She told them she was an above-average high school student, enjoyed being a cheerleader, had many friends and stayed out of trouble. She said her parents were loving and supportive.

As an adult, however, she said she often battled depression as she struggled to get pregnant and particularly after her injury.

In the report, Suleman told a doctor she had three miscarriages. Another doctor disputed that number, saying she had two ectopic pregnancies, a dangerous condition in which a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than in the uterus. She told NBC she struggled for seven years before finally giving birth to her first child in 2001 through in vitro fertilization.

  • Pretty_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    This woman has problems....I mean what was she thinking?Doctor should of not let her go through with vitro...

  • Picture_303_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    I've heard that some of those who study psych, are really just trying to obtain the tools to figure themself out. Yes, to hear she wanted to have SO MANY children to make up for a lonely childhood is a little far of a stretch, there must definately be more to the story.

  • Valentines_day__grad__lil_sean_027_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    That woman has problems. I am the single parent of one son and would was raised alone even though I have other siblings and I want to have more children but what she did was ridiculous and the doctor that approved that needs to lose his license. How in the world is she going to take care of 14 kids in a three bedroom house she shares with her parents. She is going to try and milk everyone for money. She is already trying to sell her story to the highest bidder. I feel bad for the babies. I also feel bad for all the women out there that can't have one baby even with IVF and she has 14. I want to have more children but in 6 yrs nothing has happened. My clock is ticking like crazy (I will be 40 in May) and I would love to have one more. Sometimes life is really not fair.

  • Picture_021_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    I deleted my comment from earlier.......if this idiot isnt given any more attention maybe she wont farm out her ovaries any more.

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    Account Removed

    almost 6 years ago

    Nothing like abusing a system

  • Pictures_2008_163_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    Wow... I guess I am at a loss for words as well.
    I would never want to judge someone without knowing all the facts etc.

  • Lori_recruiter_extraordinare___max50


    almost 6 years ago


    i am actually at a loss for words here.... i hope the best for her and all of those kids but she is going to need alot of family support and i dont see that happening... best of luck to her and her babies.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 6 years ago


    I feel that she abused the reproductive resources available. If she was so lonely, why didn't she volunteer at a women's shelter or hospital? Who paid for this IVF? I know people who have spent all of their money just to have 1 child or adopt 1 child. She has 14. What is going to happen when the cute little babies become demanding? When they all cry at the same time or need to be changed at the same time? I think she will become unhinged....

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