Mother of octuplets already has six young children [UPDATED]
The woman who gave birth to octuplets earlier this week already has six young children and never expected that the fertility treatment she received would result in eight babies, her mother said in an interview with The Times.
The woman had embryos implanted last year, leading to the eight births Monday. "They all happened to take," said her mother, Angela Suleman. "I looked at those babies. They are so tiny and so beautiful."
"It’s going to be difficult," Suleman added, noting that her husband is going back to Iraq, where neighbors said he is a contract worker, to help support the family.
When the woman discovered she was expecting multiple babies, doctors gave her the option of selectively reducing the number of embryos, but she declined.
"What do you suggest she should have done? She refused to have them killed," Suleman said. "That is a very painful thing."
Photo: The six other children living in this home will have to make room for the new octuplets. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / AP Photo