I was very surprised earlier this week — as many people were – to hear about the woman in California who gave birth to eight babies at once.
I was frankly stunned and outraged when I found out the woman already had six children. I was outraged when I found out the woman is unmarried, has no visible means of support, and went to a fertility clinic to have that many children.
The woman who gave birth to octuplets had previously worked in a fertility clinic, it has been claimed.
Thirty-three-year-old single mother Nadya Suleman-Guiterrez gave birth to the eight babies, despite already having six children all under the age of seven, The Sun reports today.
This comes as doctors warned that the octuplets’ birth in America is a ‘medical disaster’.
But as more details emerged about her massive family, she became caught up in an ethics row over how an apparently single mother – whose family had allegedly been in dire financial straits – was able to get fertility treatment.
A source told CBS News that the family declared bankruptcy and abandoned a house a little over a year and a half ago.
During an interview on CBS’s The Early Show, Michael Tucker, scientific director of Georgia Reproductive Specialists, said: ‘As the story’s unfolded and it’s gone from the potential use of just fertility drugs, or misuse thereof, to actual, apparently, IVF (in-vitro fertilization) with transfer of embryos, this is just remarkable to me that any practitioner in our field of reproductive medicine would undertake such a practice.’
‘Had she walked into a fertility clinic and said, “Listen, I’ve got other children, the oldest seven, the youngest two,” is there any ethical responsibility on the clinic’s part to say, “I’m not going to treat you,” or, “You know what? This is not a good idea”?”
Dr Tucker’s reply was unequivocal: ‘I’m stunned, actually, that a clinic would proceed to treat a patient in this circumstance.’
He added a woman of her age should be receiving two embryos maximum, adding: ‘To have had eight transferred is somewhat – is extremely irresponsible.’
It was also revealed that Miss Suleman’s father – an Iraqi contractor – may be forced to return to work in his native country to help support his 14 grandchildren.
Concerns were also raised over the family’s home – what appeared to be a well-kept but cramped two or three-bedroom bungalow, hardly adequate for such a large family.
As curiosity grew about the mother who has taken on such a mammoth undertaking as raising 14 children – apparently without a partner – Miss Suleman released a statement though Kaiser Permanente hospital, where she gave birth to the octuplets on Monday. ‘Please know, in our own time, we will share additional details about this miraculous experience,’ she said in the statement.
The babies were expected to remain hospitalised for several weeks and could face serious developmental delays because of their small size.
I’m just wondering how much this is going to cost us in Welfare. She’s too old to be on her parent’s insurance, so she may be abandoning a huge hospital bill as well as the care for the kids. And how is she able to care for FOURTEEN KIDS BY HERSELF? Even with her parents and the siblings helping, that’s a TON of work!
Child Protective Services really needs to be involved here before one of these kids ends up neglected or hurt.
And I depserately want to know who in the world implanted those embryos in her so i can file an ethics complaint against them with the California Medical Board.