Octuplets' Grandma Ends Spat With Daughter, Will Help Raise Babies
LOS ANGELES – The mother of the Southern California woman who used a fertility doctor to give birth to octuplets sounded a conciliatory note toward her daughter in a TV interview posted online Monday.
Angela Suleman has sharply criticized her daughter Nadya Suleman's decision to expand her family through artificial insemination despite already having six young children.
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But in an interview with CBS television posted on the network's Web site, Angela Suleman said her anger subsided after she saw the babies.
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"I thought, 'My goodness, these are my grandchildren. They're so tiny and fragile. I'll have to be there for them, you know, like I was for the others,"' she said.
"You can resent your daughter for just so long and then you see that she's trying so hard to take care of these children," Angela Suleman said. "She's a very good mother ... but then she had a good example."
Nadya Suleman's six older children have been living in Angela Suleman's three-bedroom home.
Angela Suleman said she won't have enough space for the octuplets, who were born last month, when they are released from the hospital, and that she will have to help her daughter move into another home.
She said she already spends her entire retirement income caring for the six grandchildren who live with her.
"My retirement check goes every month," she said. "It's just gone."
More of the interview was to air Tuesday morning on CBS.
Also on Monday, Ambassador Agency Inc. president Wes Yoder released a statement contradicting remarks by a public relations firm that his Franklin, Tennessee,-based company was representing Nadya Suleman.
He said his company had provided pro bono advice on licensing Suleman family photographs and looked into the possibility of representing them, but decided against it.
"Ambassador has not executed a representation agreement, nor do we intend to do so," Yoder said.
Killeen Furtney Group's president, Joann Killeen, said Saturday that her Los Angeles-based company was stepping down as Suleman's publicist because of death threats. Killeen said Nadya Suleman told her Yoder signed on as Suleman's agent.
The Killeen Furtney Group's answering machine message continued to direct callers to Yoder's firm on Monday. A message could not be left for Killeen, as her voice-mail box was full.
Yoder's company, which bills itself as the oldest Christian-based talent agency in the United States, arranged book and music deals for the McCaughey septuplets a decade ago and has provided publicity for famed pastor Rick Warren.