Octuplet mother launches online appeal for money

February 12th, 2009 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, Feb 12 (DPA) Nadya Suleman, the US woman who gave birth to eight children Jan 26, has unveiled a new plan to care for her brood of 14 amid growing concern that taxpayers could foot the bill for her medically enhanced reproduction.
The Los Angeles single mother unveiled a website Wednesday with photos of the tiny babies and an appeal for donations.

The website at thenadyasulemanfamily.com was put together by Suleman’s recently hired public relations firm and includes links for paypal donations and an address where people can send cheques.

The lime green website has a baby theme with rainbows, hearts and spelling blocks scattered among the photos of the babies. There’s also one shot of of Suleman (from her NBC appearance) with the caption: “Proud mother of 14″.

The online appeal came amid growing doubts about the unemployed Suleman’s ability to support her children, as it emerged that she reportedly received food stamps for her six older children and government payments for three children with disabilities.

Suleman told NBC that she had no income besides student loans and that she paid more than $100,000 of her own money to get the fertility treatment that led to the octuplets. The reports said that the bill for delivery and post-natal treatment of the still-hospitalised octuplets - estimated at $1.5 million to $3 million - would be paid by the state medical care programme for low-income patients.

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