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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

She received a bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development from California State University, Fullerton, in 2006 and was studying there for a master’s degree in counseling when she became pregnant with the octuplets.

“She may not be able to finish her master’s degree now and she was so close to wrapping it up,” her mother said.

Publicist Mike Furtney said Nadya Suleman has told him it’s her dream to eventually earn a Ph.D. in some field involving counseling.

Public records show Suleman was listed on the Metropolitan State Hospital payroll from 1997 until last year, though it appears she did little work after September 1999 because of her injury.

Furtney said Thursday that Suleman was “feeling great” and looking forward to being reunited with her octuplets, who are expected to remain in the hospital for several more weeks.

“She’s happy to be out of the hospital, although she misses her children,” he said. “She can’t wait until they join her.”

The octuplets were born nine weeks prematurely and will be released from the hospital individually as they hit a near-normal newborn weight.

“At this point in their development, they are not mature enough to coordinate the suckling and swallowing at the same time to be bottle-fed,” said Dr. Mandhir Gupta, the hospital’s neonatologist.

© YellowBrix 2009


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