Octuplets Mom Wants $2 Million to Tell Her Story

KTLA-TV (Los Angeles), February 2, 2009

The mother of the octuplets born a week ago is apparently hoping to cash in by selling her story.

On Friday, 33-year-old Nadya Suleman retained the Killeen Futney Group public relations firm to handle the offers for book deals, TV shows and other opportunities that the firm claims are pouring in.

Now, the British Newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ said Suleman wants to get $2 million from whoever interviews her first.

The newspaper also said she wants to get help from a corporate sponsor, such as a diaper company.

Suleman also wants to launch a new career as a television child care expert, The Telegraph reported.

The mother of 14 graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in child and adolescent development, school officials said.

She returned to pursue a master’s in counseling, but last attended in the spring of 2008.

Kileen said Suleman is “the most sought after mom in the world right now,” but that she hasn’t decided what she’ll do next, other than care for her children.

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Their mother could be allowed to return home in a few days.

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She and her children live with her mother in a 1,550-square-foot home in Whittier, and her father has been working in Iraq as a translator to help support the family.

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“It’s going to be difficult,” she [Angela Suleman] said, adding that her daughter’s father is going back to his native Iraq, where neighbors said he works as a contractor, to help support the family.

He told reporters that he is a former Iraqi military man.

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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,” Angela Suleman said four days after her 33-year-old daughter became 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.

Suleman said she is caring for her six grandchildren while their mother is in the hospital recovering. {snip}

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Friends and family also reported that Nadya Suleman worked as a psychiatric technician until she was injured on the job. Then she began having children and enrolled in school.

She graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in child and adolescent development, school officials said. She returned to pursue a master’s in counseling, but last attended in the spring of 2008.

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She and her children live with her mother in a 1,550-square-foot home in Whittier, and her father has been working in Iraq as a translator to help support the family.

In 2008, Angela Suleman filed for bankruptcy, claiming nearly $1 million in liabilities mostly due to a bad housing investment, her bankruptcy attorney said. Suleman said Friday that she had withdrawn the filing and paid her debts.

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