Image: Octuplets mom's new home
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Prudential Realty listing agent Mike Patel said the La Habra, Calif., home is being purchased by Nadya Suleman's father Ed Doud. staff and news service reports
updated 3/11/2009 10:49:47 PM ET 2009-03-12T02:49:47

The Southern California mother of octuplets said in a video posted online Wednesday that she — not her parents — is paying for the four-bedroom, three-bath home where she plans to raise her brood.

In the video posted on celebrity news Web site, Nadya Suleman disputed earlier remarks by the house's listing agent, who said her father was buying the home.

Prudential Realty listing agent Mike Patel confirmed Wednesday that the home's title was made in the name of Ed Doud, who is Suleman's father. Patel also said the house was being bought, not leased.

In the video, Suleman said she made the initial payment on the house and that she was leasing with an option to buy. Her parents, she said, "had nothing to do with it."

Suleman's lawyer, Jeff Czech, did not return calls from The Associated Press seeking clarification.

Suleman made her remarks during a recorded walkthrough of the 2,583-square-foot house in La Habra, about 20 miles east of Los Angeles, where she intends to live with the octuplets and her six other children.

The four-bedroom, three-bath home was listed for $564,900.

Suleman said she is paying for the house with money from "opportunities" she has selected, but did not elaborate on what they were.

She was given a baby shower of sorts during an appearance Wednesday on the "Dr. Phil" TV show, where she received cribs, bunkbeds, upgrades to her new home and nursing help.

Suleman said she was grateful for the help, which is to include a new nursery, new flooring and other construction upgrades needed to prepare the home for inspections from hospital officials.

Hospital walkthrough
Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center spokeswoman Beth Trombley said she and a social worker walked through the house Wednesday to provide recommendations, but she would not specify what they were.

"We're encouraged to see that she's really doing as much as she can to make sure to provide for these babies," Trombley said.

Suleman said in the video that she had been hoping to receive some donations to support the children's care, through the nonprofit organization Angels in Waiting, but no donations have been made.

Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents the group, said Wednesday that it will provide training for Suleman and hired nannies and will also continue to monitor the babies' care, but that Suleman had no knowledge of whether donations were being made to the group.

Allred said the group's care "can only continue if it is supported by donations from the public."

The group laid out the elaborate plans for the infants – including 64 20-minute feedings a day, at a cost of $135,000 a month, according to a report in People magazine.

Suleman gave birth to the octuplets on Jan. 26. They were born nine weeks premature and are the world's longest-surviving set of octuplets.

Suleman said in the video that all but two were healthy enough to leave the hospital and that they would be released two at a time after hospital officials inspect the new home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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