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article imagePranksters Hit Octo-mom. She Admits She Was Irrational

By Joan Firstenberg     Mar 14, 2009 in Health
Seems like Octo-Mom, Nadya Suleman just can't catch a break. She buys a new house with help and pranksters paper it in toilet paper. But she tells Dr. Phil McGraw that things are falling into place, and she is very happy.
The notoriety of Octo=Mom Nadya Suleman may be getting out of hand. She had just moved into her new house in La Habra, California when early Friday morning vandals draped the home and the front yard in toilet paper.
La Habra police took an incident report, but say because no permanent damage was done, vandalism charges cannot be filed and they are not pursuing the culprits. Sergeant Jose Quirante said...
"All it was was a toilet paper roll."
But there's no lack of paparazzi, who are busy standing watch at the home while renovations are underway to make it safe for the 14 children who will be moving in there. None of them must have seen the pranksters perform their mischief.
It appears that the 33-year old Suleman has begun cashing in on the media frenzy surrounding her pregnancy and birth to octuplets, although she already had six children younger than the age of 7. She has recently accepted a few deals offered to her to make money for her family, and bought a new four-bedroom, three bath $565,000 home with her father's help and with some of those earnings.
Appearances on the Dr. Phil TV show have also generated donations for her children. She told Dr. Phil McGraw recently that she wasn’t “thinking rationally” when she decided to undergo multiple fertility treatments again after six children. Dr. Phil asked then, why did she decide to go through with it?
“At the time, I was justifying my actions based on saying ‘Well, these are my children, they are extremely valuable - their lives,’ which is true, but I was not placing that above my others. But my heart was in it. Not my head. I wasn’t thinking rationally. In retrospect, would I have done that again? I don’t know.”
Suleman said she’s thrilled to be receiving around-the-clock care for her eight infants from the nonprofit Angels in Waiting.
“Extremely, extremely excited and relieved. Like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and it’s amazing because it’s 100 percent for my children and it makes me feel like everything is falling into place.”
She hasn't given up the talk about a reality show, but now says she won't consider doing it until the children are older. She says,
"It’s “exploitative. It depends on how it’s done, but when they’re much older, and that’s not up to me - it’s up to the kids,”
But Octo-mom says she would be open to appearing in a medical documentary, but she will have to ask her older children about it before she would agree to an offer.
Meanwhile, her six boys and two girls, now 6 weeks old, remain hospitalized in good condition at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center. The strongest babies are expected to be released within a few days, once renovations to Suleman's new home are completed. The changes to the home include making the floors clear of wiring and plugs, securing stairs and landings and replacing flooring, as well as performing an industrial medical cleaning.
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