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Octuplet Mom Used Inheritance to Fund In Vitro

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Associated Press: Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman says she used money from an inheritance and overtime wages from her job as a psychiatric technician to pay for her early fertilization procedures.

Suleman told celebrity magazine Life & Style Weekly she spent at least $24,000 on the in vitro fertilization procedures that led to her first four babies.

She said she saved money for the procedures that cost about $6,000 each by working 16-hour days as a psychiatric technician.

When her aunt died, Suleman said she used an undisclosed portion of her $30,000 inheritance to conceive twins. Leftover eggs from that in vitro pregnancy were frozen until she used them to give birth to the octuplets.

Suleman did not give financial details about the octuplets, though in vitro fertilization using frozen eggs is generally cheaper.

"Maybe it was selfish; I'm the first to admit that. Maybe putting in all the eggs was a mistake, but all I've ever wanted is a huge family," said Suleman, according to a transcript of the interview provided by the magazine.

After an on-the-job injury, Suleman collected more than $165,000 in state disability payments.

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