Octomom Drama Continues

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The spotlight seems to have permanently shifted from the octuplets themselves to octomom, Nadya Suleman, her father, Ed Doud, and the octo-nana Angela Suleman. And now, boyfriends from the past.

Doud hit the television circuit, appearing on yesterday's Oprah to defend his daughter against claims that she doesn't deserve empathy.

Octuplets Gallery

    A child stands in a bedroom in the home of Angela Suleman, the grandmother of the California octuplets. Nadya Suleman, the mother of the babies who also has six other children, said this week that she is done having children. See More Photos From RadarOnline.com

    Stewart Cook, RadarOnline.com

    The Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets on Jan. 26 had the embryos implanted at a Beverly Hills clinic run by a controversial doctor, it was revealed Monday. Here, Dr. Michael Kamrava is shown performing an ultrasound on a pregnant Nadya Suleman in 2006. In addition to the octuplets, Suleman has six other children, ages 2 to 7.

    KTLA / AP

    Suleman is shown with two of her children in 2006. The single mom told NBC's 'Today' show that she was "fixated" on having children. She said all 14 of her children were conceived through in vitro fertilization with sperm donated by a friend. She said she used the same doctor for all her pregnancies.

    KTLA / AP

    Suleman looks at an ultrasound of her unborn twins in 2006. She told NBC that she is not "living off the taxpayers," but she has accepted food stamps. RadarOnline.com reported that she is living in a hotel room, although it's not clear who is paying for the room.

    KTLA / AP

    NBC's 'Today' broadcast footage Monday of Suleman visiting her octuplets in the California hospital where they were born Jan. 26. There are six boys and two girls.


    A combination picture shows the octuplets. Clockwise from top left are: Josiah, Makai, Jeremiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Noah, Maliyah and Isaiah. All share the middle name Angel and the last name Solomon.

    NBC / Reuters

    Suleman did not disclose the name of her doctor, but she said on 'Today' that she went to the West Coast IVF Clinic in Beverly Hills. Its director is Kamrava, shown being followed by reporters Monday. Kamrava, 57, would not comment, but told reporters outside his clinic on Rodeo Drive that he had granted an interview to one of the television networks.

    Nick Ut, AP

    Kamrava enters his office Monday. Some fertility specialists have questioned his methods. "He's tried some novel techniques and some of those methods have been controversial," said Dr. John Jain, founder of Santa Monica Fertility Specialists. Ethicists have questioned the decision to implant so many embryos in Suleman, saying the health of both the mother and babies were at risk.

    Nick Ut, AP

    Without identifying the doctor, the Medical Board of California said last week that it was investigating Suleman's physician to see whether there may have been "a violation of the standard of care." The board said Monday it has not taken any disciplinary action against Kamrava in the past.

    Nick Ut, AP

    This is the building where Kamrava's clinic is located. Many have questioned why a doctor would help a single woman with six young children and no visible means of support to conceive more babies.

    Nick Ut, AP

"Don't punish her or her babies," he told the rapt audience. "It's God's will. If he didn't want this to happen he would have destroyed her embryos. I will do whatever I can to help her."

What's more, Suleman's dad says he had no idea his daughter was pregnant -- and apparently neither did her mom. According to Radar Online, when Angela confronted her daughter, Nadya denied she was pregnant and said: "I have a tumor."


That's eerily similar to the story Suleman told ex-boyfriend and possible biological father of the children, Denis Beaudoin. On "Good Morning America," Beaudoin said Suleman told him she had ovarian cancer and was unable to conceive without the help of a doctor.

Back to Oprah, the octo-grandpa also claimed that his daughter was drugged on medication during her February 9 interview with Ann Curry, and shouldn't be crucified by the media.

"Really?" said Oprah. "She seemed in control to me. It was her choice to do the interview. There is something called free will. NBC didn't blindfold her." Then she cut to the chase: "Do you think your daughter is mentally unstable?"

"I question her mental stability," sighed Doud. "I wish she had realized how expensive raising all these children would be. She should have stopped with two. And the doctor shouldn't have implanted all those embryos. But it's too late and people shouldn't focus on the negativity. What's done is done."

His tone echoes Angela Suleman's argument with her daughter as shot on an explosive videotape on Radar Online.

"I have to let go of my need to control everything and I need to accept the help that has been offered," said Nadya.

"I hope you get help," said her mother. "I really hope so."

These interviews and reveals are getting absurd. At this point, people care less about Suleman's mental health and her personal issues and are more concerned with the children's welfare. As it should be. Dr. Mandhir Gupta, a Neonatologist at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, has said it will be a few weeks to months before the babies can go home. (That's going to be some hospital bill!)

What do you think? Is it time to stop worrying about Nadya Suleman and focus on the kids?

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