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Surprise for octuplets mom on fertility treatment

THE Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets this week has six other children and never expected to have another eight when she took fertility treatment, her mother said on Thursday.

Angela Suleman said her daughter expects a big challenge raising 14 children, especially with the husband expected to return to Iraq.

The good news, she said, is all the babies appear healthy.

"I looked at those babies. They are so tiny and so beautiful," she told the Los Angeles Times.

Suleman's daughter gave birth to the octuplets on Monday at a hospital in Bellflower but has requested that doctors keep her name confidential.

Little was known about the woman until a family acquaintance told CBS' "The Early Show" on Thursday the mother is "fairly young" and lives with her parents on a cul-de-sac with six children, including twins.

Within hours, the media had camped out at the family's home in Whittier, where the babies' grandfather pulled up in a minivan in the evening and briefly spoke to The Associated Press. Beside him were two children -- a 7-year-old and 6-year-old -- who said they were excited to have eight new siblings.

But the grandfather warned that the media may have a tougher time finding the family after the babies are released from the hospital.

"We have a huge house, not here," said the man, who only identified himself as Ed. "You are never going to know where it is."

Suleman said her daughter had embryos implanted last year, and after finding out she was pregnant with multiple babies she was given the option by doctors of selectively reducing the number of embryos. The woman declined.

"What do you suggest she should have done? She refused to have them killed," Suleman told the Times. "That is a very painful thing."

A doctor said the woman was already pregnant when she came to Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center, and she was counseled on the options of aborting some of the fetuses.


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