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LA Police to Investigate Threats to Octuplet Mom

LA Police to Investigate Threats to Octuplet Mom

This image made from a 2006 video provided by KTLA shows Nadya Suleman speaking at a fertility clinic in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/KTLA)

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer / AP

February 12, 2009

“One thing that keeps me from jumping out the window is that we’ve heard from many people offering some kind of support: clothing, food, financial or other help,” Furtney said.

Suleman has been supporting her six other children with $490 a month in food stamps and receives Social Security disability payments for three of the youngsters that could total $2,379 a month.

She has estimated her in vitro fertilization procedures have cost $100,000.

Suleman has said she saved for the treatments by working double shifts and also used money from a disability award exceeding $165,000 that she received after an on-the-job back injury.

The benefits were discontinued last year.

The Suleman octuplets’ medical costs have not been disclosed, but in 2006, the average cost for a premature baby’s hospital stay in California was $164,273, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Eight times that equals $1.3 million.

For a single mother, the cost of raising 14 children through age 17 ranges from $1.3 million to $2.7 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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