Octuplets mom says she's off public aid

Nov. 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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LA HABRE, Calif., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- California octuplets mother Nadya Suleman says she's no longer on government assistance and is covering the cost of all 14 of her children on her own.

Suleman, of La Habre, said she no longer receives food stamps or any other form of public assistance for her eight children born in January or for her six other children born earlier, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

In an interview Friday with NBC News, Suleman repeatedly said she was receiving "zero" and "nothing" from the government.

Suleman has been filming a reality television show about her life, though she has not said how much money she received for the production.

In addition to caring for the children, Suleman likely incurred significant medical and hospital bills for the octuplets' care this year, medical experts told the Times.

The Suleman octuplets were only the second full set of octuplets to be born alive in the United States. Their birth garnered international attention and controversy, especially after it was learned Suleman, a single mother, had sought the help of a fertility specialist to have a multiple-child birth despite already having six other young children and not being financially independent.

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