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Octuplets grandmother 'very upset' with daughter

world Updated: Feb 10, 2009 10:03 IST

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The mother of a woman who gave birth to octuplets criticised her daughter’s decision to have all eight children as “unconscionable” and questioned whether she could properly care for them.

In an interview posted on the radaronline.com website and broadcast on US television , Angela Suleman said on Monday she was “very upset” after learning her daughter Nadya had implanted multiple embryos despite already having six children.

Suleman, 33, gave birth to octuplets on January 26 in a case which triggered criticism from experts and an investigation by the California Medical Board.

Suleman’s mother, a retired teacher, said although she would do everything she could to care for her grandchildren, she was unhappy that her daughter had undergone in vitro fertilization to add to her brood.

“To have them all is unconscionable to me. She really, really has no idea what she’s doing to her children and to me,” she said.

“How she’s going to cope, I don’t know,” Angela Suleman said. “I’m really tired of taking care of the six children and need her to think about how she’ll provide for all these children.”

Angela Suleman said her unemployed daughter hadn’t worked since she became a mother and that the three-bedroom home they shared was already close to being overwhelmed, even though the octuplets remain in hospital.