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Octuplets' doctors tell more about case

Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower Medical Center doctors from left, Dr. Mandhir Gupta, Neonatalogist, NICU, transport medical director, Dr. Karen E. Maples, Chief of Service, OBGYN and Dr. Harold M. Henry, Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine announced at a press conference that mother and the octuplets continue to do well. The doctors who delivered octuplets earlier this week at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Bellflower said the mother was given the option of "selective abortion" of some fetuses but decided to go ahead with the pregnancy.

Dr. Harold Henry said the woman came to the hospital at the 12th week of pregnancy. Doctors counseled her regarding the options and risks, Henry said. "Our goal is to provide the best possible care, no matter what the situation or circumstances are," he said.

Dr. Karen Maples read a statement from the mother: "We understand that you are all curious about the arrival of the octuplets and we appreciate your respect for our family privacy," the statement read. "The eight was a surprise to us all but a blessing as well."

In the statement, the mother said the family would later reveal more details about the births. "We thank all of you for the positive thoughts, prayers and generosity," the statement read.

The doctors declined to provide any other information about the mother or the circumstances under which she became pregnant.

-- Sam Quinones and Jeff Gottlieb

Earlier: Questions over octuplets.

Photo: Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower Medical Center doctors from left, Dr. Mandhir Gupta, Neonatalogist, NICU, transport medical director, Dr. Karen E. Maples, Chief of Service, OBGYN and Dr. Harold M. Henry, Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine announced at a press conference that mother and the octuplets continue to do well. Credit: Branimir Kvartuc / AP Photo

 
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Maybe Mystery-Mom is hoping to score a TLC reality show. That's one way to make a living -- exploit your kids for swag!

The media vultures' anxiety to get an interview with the mother or at least "some facts" is downright disgusting. I watched KCAL9's coverage the day after -- this may well have been true all over -- and Dave Lopez was noticeably downright agitated (angry?) at this mother, who'd just had a C-section barely 24 hours earlier delivering 8 tiny babies. After being in the hospital for months. Having any babies is exhausting, this must have been a huge ordeal.

Lopez noted the swarm of reporters outside the hospital who were being disappointed, and angrily noted the parents refused to even let the hospital give the name or age or the woman. GOOD FOR THEM FOR RESPECTING HER PRIVACY AND WISHES.

Next day he was back, still angry, lamenting that she must know that all the reporters had given up camping outside the hospital - "look at this quiet scene compared to yesterday" -- yet still, she won't talk or give any info. HOORAY FOR HER!!! Maybe if enough parents/ objects of reporters' morbid curiosity start doing the same, they'll eventually stop expecting it every time someone has a multiple birth, a celebutante goes in/out of the hospita, in/ out of prison, or anything else. Besides being disruptive to the person (unless it's a media-hound like Paris who's famous for being famous) it's upsetting to the victim AND all neighbors and others trying to get some peace in a hospital.

NOW some reporters have resorted to going to the family's house and asking neighbors for info: Ch. 7 or 2 (KCAL 9's sister station) did that tonight -- asked some woman next door to discuss HOW the babies were conceived, what it would be like to raise these 8 babies in addition to the 6 the couple already had, whether they were happy about it, and so on. The neighbor, clearly not media-savvy, duly and happily blurted out what she knew.

This is newsworthy for other reasons: the ethics of doctors doing in vitro (or did she just take drugs to enhance fertility, making multiple births more likely?) to a woman who already had so many kids; the costs to society for this very expensive health care (even if Kaiser pays for it, the other patents' bills increase proportionately to offset the alleged $1 million in costs so far, while other patients are denied life-saving care), etc. BUT NONE OF THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE DISGUSTING NOSINESS OF THE MEDIA ABOUT THE WOMAN'S PERSONAL LIFE OR THEIR BLAMING HER FOR NOT LETTING THE VULTURES INTO HER ROOM AND LIFE. Shame on the media, again.

Just what the world needs now...humans producing litters.

" DISGUSTING NOSINESS OF THE MEDIA ABOUT THE WOMAN'S PERSONAL LIFE OR THEIR BLAMING HER FOR NOT LETTING THE VULTURES INTO HER ROOM AND LIFE. Shame on the media, again. "

this "disgusting nosiness " is exactly what this mom is counting on. she is going to hold out build suspense the media will compete for her story for pictures and she will give to the highest offer

This woman, although nuts, is media savvy--how else to create great interest in hopes of a bunch of moola for displaying the litter other than initially hiding from the press.
How much did it cost to keep her in the hospital all that time? As an R.N., I can assure you it cost many hundreds of thousands.
Plus there is nothing miraculous about the conception and carrying the litter to term, as she was on bed rest and watched closely.
God had nothing to do with it. Some moronic doctor did this and it would be nice if he would pay to raise these kids.
I read that she was 90 + thousand in debt and no husband. I suspect she is mentally ill.
And did she have a tubal ligation so that she will not get pregnant again?


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