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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.

© YellowBrix 2009


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    taisiyiah

    over 5 years ago

    14 comments

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS GOD BLESS THOSE CHILDREN THAT NEVER ASKED TO BE HERE.THERE MOTHER DOES NOT DESERVE THEM AT ALL.SHE NEEDS TO WORRY ABOUT THE SIX SHE ALREADY HAVE.SHE DON'T DESERVE TO BE THREATEND THOUGH.

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    Emmatol

    over 5 years ago

    186 comments

    May God so help her but speaking in public terms now, I think she doesn't deserve to be threatened, I mean on what basis?. It's her choice to have those kids and should not be harassed in any form.
    Although we are all concerned about the quality of life they, the kids are going to live based on the resources at their mother's disposal but don't let's be judgemental about it or take it too personal to the extent of harassing or threatening her.
    Once again, may God help you out in successfully taking care of your innocent kids.

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    jasminerunner

    over 5 years ago

    18 comments

    The average amount per child per day in the NICU is 2K(kind estimate) so that is 16K per day for estimated 90 day stay is $1.4million. This is just the beginning and is only an estimate of health care costs without incident. If the children get sick, this cost will be even greater. Once the children are out of the hospital the costs will continue. And people wonder why our health care costs are so high?

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    Nursetink1963

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I just dont get it ... How could she even afford to do the procedure the first time let alone over and over ...

    I work and cant afford to go thru the fertility meds let alone IVF And I was looking at welfare laws and yes her food stamps will increase and the babies will get medical but there will be no increase in cash aid because of the babies because of past history and women having babies to get welkfare raises they changed the law s to discourage children you cant afford to have
    I feel sorry for all of those children they will never have the money to be experience life as most kids do how can she afford proms graduations birthday parties santa and the tooth fairy on welfare and what about college for those children dang my son had a full ride scholarship but we still had supplies and airline tickets spending money laundry money etc

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Perhaps when the doctor that does the invitro procedure knows that you already have several children, and you are not financially stable, and the doctor proceeds with implantation anyway, that doctor should be made financially liable for the medical costs. Not the tax payers or the hospital. Is it not the same as negligence on their part?

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    saltyscalop

    over 5 years ago

    42 comments

    Wow, this is news? Welfare mother has another child. Folks this is not a new thing. Let it go. Well adjusted people know that if you can't feed them, you don't breed them. Ms. Suleman is not doing well. Wishing her harm, and ill will does nothing to address the problem. Your government spends a lot more money on killing people (wars, embargo's against poor country's etc...) than it does no keeping them alive. One of these children could grow up to be a special person. Don't hate, or at least hate quietly please. I never expected so much hate on a nursing website. I expected nurses to focus on positive solutions for sick people.

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    MsB3

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I cannot understand How this happen there are people that want soooooooo bad to have a baby but insurance or they them selves are unable to afford or pay for the treatment and have just one implantation But yet someone on disability for a BAD Back gets * eggs implanted and already has 6 other children home from prior implantations some with health problems on disablity also why wasn't the need of care and love of those enough now the Goverment has 14 plus Mother to care for with Disability gov assist housing food stamps wic and so on ........... But Then why does Doctor still have his license to pratice ... well i guess this is America whats happening where is the AMA

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    nanaprincess_89

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    im really up in the air about this one. No I dont think she should have had more kids, i totally agree on that, but you have the right to have as many kids as you want. You should be able to support them, but im sure she didnt plan on having 8 kids in one pregnancy, many times with invitro you can implant numerous eggs, and they may not even take. thats not uncommen. I really think that everyone needs to just let it go, its already done and over with, SHE HAS 14 KIDS, and no matter how much attention she gets its not going to change that. Do you really think that she is causing that much harm to those children?? i think that all the things that society is doing is what is going to hurt those children. they may not have the best life, but at least they will have someone that loves them. Society is looking at these children as something negative, but its really a blessing. But I still do believe she should have made a better decision prior to the pregnancy.

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    raymoss1

    over 5 years ago

    220 comments

    She should have used the $165,000 that she received and used that for her 6 children. Now the burden to feed, house and cloth those children will be on the tax payers. That doctor should have ordered a psyc evaluation. She knows that the government will pay for her irresponsible act. The children are the ones that will suffer from her behavior.

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    brownie1

    over 5 years ago

    14 comments

    This girl is absolutely clueless. She had no right to get pregnant again and sponge off the system! I feel sorry for those babies and her grandparents who she is living with. She acts like there is nothing wrong with what she did. This is utterly ridiculous. The doctor should have his licenesed taken

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    AustinNurse12

    over 5 years ago

    94 comments

    Has anyone else seen the website she set up? Ridiculous!!!!!!

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    emtpixie

    over 5 years ago

    328 comments

    This is such a ridiculous situation! The Dr. who implanted 8 embryos should be disbarred. I don't know how he could perform the implant knowing that she already had 6 kids. Now these 14 children will have to pay for the selfish decisions of their mother and her Dr. I won't even get into the fact that she is on state assistance....it's sickening.

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