CHICAGO (AP) - The father of the woman who recently gave birth
to octuplets has told Oprah Winfrey he hopes people don't punish
his grandchildren for his daughter's irresponsible behavior.
Ed Doud said in an interview taped Thursday for "The Oprah
Winfrey Show" that the actions of his daughter, Nadya Suleman, and
her doctor were "absolutely irresponsible."
But he also issued a plea for the public's help, according to
excerpts of the interview released by Harpo Productions Inc.
"You know what? She needs help. I say to everybody now - people
- we do need help," he said. "Do not punish my daughter for what
she had done and do not punish the babies, because they were given
A non-profit called Angels in Waiting has offered Suleman
round-the-clock care and a place to stay with her 14 children. It
would cost about $135,000 a month to provide the necessary 12
caretakers for the children, money that would have to come from
public donations, founder Linda West Conforti said in Los Angeles.
The California-based organization has the trained nursing
personnel and experience in caring for very sick children, she
said. The group, however, could only provide care for a limited
time without the donations, she said.
Suleman, a 33-year-old single mother from California, already
had six children when she gave birth to octuplets in late January
after undergoing in vitro fertilization. She is unemployed and
lives with her mother in a three-bedroom home.
Property records show Suleman's mother, Angela, owns the home
and is $23,225 behind in her mortgage payments. The house could be
sold at auction beginning May 5.
In response to a question about whether he thinks his daughter
is mentally stable, Doud said, "Now I'm no psychiatrist, but I
question her mental situation."
Doud said he hopes Suleman will finish her education and start
working so she can help support the family.
The show is scheduled to air on Tuesday.