The octuplets' mom, Nadya Suleman, called talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw and told him that the hospital may keep her babies if she is unable to prove that she can provide adequate care for them.
Suleman is currently living in her mom’s three-bedroom home with her six other children. She is unemployed, single, and gets government disability checks for three of her children.
Her status has been a concern for the Kaiser Permanente hospital officials and the Child Protective Services. Unless she proves that she can handle the load, the hospital officials may not release her newborn children. Some of them may require constant medical attention, so the officials are worried whether Nadya can provide them with adequate care.
Nadya called talk show cost Dr. Phil McGraw and was worried about getting her children from the hospital.
Dr. McGraw told Los Angeles Times:
What she is telling me is that unless and until she has a better living arrangement, that they are not likely to release the children to her.
She talked to Dr. McGraw because she has already taped two interviews with him, which will be aired later this week.
The home she lives in is facing foreclosure and the mortgage company has decided to postpone evicting them until Nadya sorts out her problems with children. Suleman’s mother is $23,225 behind in her mortgage payments.
The Los Angeles Times tried to call Kaiser Permanente officials, but they declined to talk about it.
Usually in a case like this, the Child Protective Services evaluates the premature children and the parents to see whether the parents can afford adequate health care for the children. Then they will determine whether the parents can take their babies or not.
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services will decide it and inform Nadya Suleman. It is not clear when they will announce that decision.