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Octuplets' mother 'obsessed with children'

January 30, 2009 |  7:59 pm

Nadya Suleman’s goal in life was to be a mother, her friends and family said.

That is why, even with a brood of six including 2-year-old twins, she decided to have more embryos transferred, in hopes, her mother said Friday, of getting “just one more girl.”

“And look what happened. Octuplets. Dear God,” said Angela Suleman, four days after her 33-year-old daughter became only the second person in the U.S. ever to give birth to eight babies at once. Suleman stressed that her daughter “is not evil, but she is obsessed with children. She loves children, she is very good with children, but obviously she overdid herself.”

Angela Suleman said all the children are from the same sperm donor, but she did not identify him. Her daughter is divorced, but Suleman said the ex-husband was not the father.

The grandmother, who is caring for her daugther’s six children while Nadya is in the hospital, said she did not have many details about the medical procedures that led to her grandchildren being conceived.

She said she did not know the identity of the doctor or clinic that transferred the frozen embryos into her daughter’s uterus. She emphasized that it was not Kaiser Permanente, where the babies were born.

Fertility experts, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, have raised concerns about the number of embryos implanted and whether it was within medical guidelines.

"I cannot see circumstances where any reasonable physician would transfer [so many] embryos into a woman under the age of 35 under any circumstance," said Arthur Wisot, a fertility doctor in Redondo Beach and the author of "Conceptions and Misconceptions."

--Jessica Garrison and Kimi Yoshino

Read more at latimes.com: Octuplets' mom was hoping for 'just one more girl,' grandmother says