In a press release issued today from the Dr. Phil show, producers say "at the urging of Dr. Phil," Suleman has agreed to allow the non-profit group Angels in Waiting to help her care for her 14 children. In addition, TMZ is reporting that Suleman's father Ed Doud has nearly finalized the purchase of a new home for the family in Orange County, CA. The house is 2,600 square feet, and has a large fenced-in backyard and a two-car garage. The listed price for the beige and red-tiled home, built in 1978, is $564,900.
Last month, attorney Gloria Allred, working with the founder of Angels in Waiting Linda Conforti West, made the initial offer of help to Suleman. After a deadline passed, Allred announced the offer was no longer valid. Now -- thanks to Dr. Phil -- that offer is back on.
West says Angels in Waiting's volunteer nurses, skilled in neonatal intensive care, will be providing around-the-clock care to the octuplets, as well as providing psychological and physical therapy to help enhance all of Suleman's children's development and well-being. The care will begin once the infants are released from the hospital, and their care "will be reevaluated every six months."
Dr. Phil says, "From the beginning, my interest in this story has been guided by my concern for these children. Nadya realized that she had to make every effort to care for the octuplets as well as the six children at home in a way that proved that she understood the enormity and complexity of the task ahead."
Angels in Waiting was founded in 2005 to "meet the needs of the most vulnerable population of America's foster children, the forgotten medically fragile preemies, infants and children." Their mission is to move medically fragile foster care infants and young children into private residences under the care of Registered and Licensed Vocational nurses as their foster parents.
Allred claims Angels in Waiting will not use taxpayer funds, but is dependent on donations from the public.
Did Nadya make the right decision?