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Octo-Grandpa Talks To Oprah

Feb. 20 2009, Published 1:54 p.m. ET

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For the first time, the grandfather of the now world famous octuplets is speaking out. In an interview taped Thursday for the Oprah Winfrey show, Ed Doud called the actions of his daughter Nadya Suleman and her doctor "absolutely irresponsible." However, Doud did issue a plea for the public's help, according to excerpts of the interview released by Harpo Productions Inc.

"You know what? She needs help. I say to everybody now _ people _ we do need help," Doud said. "Do not punish my daughter for what she had done and do not punish the babies, because they were given by God."

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In response to a question about whether he thinks his daughter is mentally stable, Doud said, "Now I'm no psychiatrist, but I question her mental situation."

A California-based nonprofit called Angels in Waiting has offered Suleman round-the-clock care and a place to stay with her 14 children. It would cost about $135,000 a month to provide the 12 caretakers necessary for the children, money that would have to come from public donations, founder Linda West Conforti said in Los Angeles.

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Suleman, a 33-year-old single mom, already had six children when she gave birth to octuplets in late month after undergoing in vitro fertilization. She's unemployed and lives with her mother in a three-bedroom home in Whittier, California.

Property records show Suleman's mother, Angela, owns the home and is $23,225 behind in her mortgage payments. The house could be sold at auction beginning May 5.

Oprah's interview with Ed Doud will air Tuesday.



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