LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nadya Suleman has all her babies home.
The last of the world's longest surviving set of octuplets was
released from a hospital in suburban Los Angeles Monday night after
spending more than two months in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Jonah, the smallest of the octuplets who were born nine weeks
premature on Jan. 26, has gone home to join his brothers and
sisters, a spokeswoman with Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical
Jonah was the smallest of the octuplets at birth, weighing just
1 pound 8 ounces. The hospital says he is now 4 pounds, 10 ounces,
is able to bottle feed and has demonstrated that he can gain weight
and maintain his body temperature.
"He stayed a little longer because he needed to gain weight,"
hospital spokeswoman Socorro Serrano said.
The octuplets' birth was heralded as a medical miracle, but the
public's fascination with Suleman quickly soured as details of her
life emerged. The divorced and unemployed mother had six other
children at home; she has said all 14 children were conceived
through in vitro fertilization.
Media scrutiny grew and the first pair of infants to go home
were greeted March 17 by a crush of reporters and photographers in
Suleman's home in La Habra, about 25 miles east of Los Angeles. The
remaining babies went home in secret, at Suleman's request.
A team of nannies, who were trained and evaluated by Kaiser
Permanente nurses, are helping Suleman care for the children.
"Kaiser is comfortable with the level of care they're providing
for the babies," Serrano said.