Two of octuplet babies come home amid mayhem

March 19th, 2009 - 11:56 am ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, March 19 (DPA) Two of the octuplets born in January to single mother Nadya Suleman were enjoying their first day at home Wednesday, hours after a raucous reception from paparazzi might have made the hospital seem calm.
The photographers and other onlookers clung to Suleman’s vehicle as it drove up to the suburban Los Angeles home through a throng of hundreds awaiting the arrival of the celebrity babies and their controversial mother.

“I was really, really worried about their safety,” Suleman told Radar Online.

Photographers “were swerving and just getting out of their cars at every stoplight, and knocking on the windshields with their cameras. It didn’t make sense to me.”

But once inside the new house, the atmosphere was quiet and peaceful as a charity-funded staff of nurses had everything prepared.

“The nurses had everything ready,” said Gloria Allred, attorney to the nonprofit neonatal care group Angels in Waiting, which is providing critical care to the octuplets as they gradually make their way to their new home.

“Everything was ready when Nadya came in and they were able to feed the babies and rock the babies and really love the babies,” Allred said on the Today show Wednesday.

Suleman, 33, had come in for widespread criticism for conceiving the octuplets through in vitro fertilisation, even though she already had six kids under the age of eight, was living at her mother’s house and had no visible means of support.

However she bought a new house earlier this month using money she received from donations as a down payment, while the charity arranged for the babies’ care. But with the cost of care estimated at $45,000 a month, it’s unclear how long the charity will be able to pick up the tab.

“We’re hoping that everybody will donate and help to make sure that these little babies, these little innocent ones, get the kind of supportive care that they need, because the consequences of the rest of their lives are going to be decided right now,” Allred said.

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