As stunned neighbors looked on, Nadya Suleman’s new four-bedroom house in La Habra, Calif., was full of activity Wednesday. Workers tore up the floors. A moving truck dropped off bedroom furniture.
And representatives of Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center inspected the new digs – all in advance of the arrival of Suleman’s octuplets, who’ll join her six other children.
“We’re just continuing to work with the family and make sure they’re set and ready for when the babies come home,” Elizabeth Trombley, a hospital spokeswoman said during the visit. “We have a long process to go through, and this is just part of that process.”
Among those preparations, the charitable group Angels in Waiting laid out the elaborate plans for the infants – including 64 20-minute feedings a day, at a cost of $135,000 a month – money the group hopes will be raised through donations. If not, the nonprofit will use volunteers instead of paid nurses.
“I am very panicked about trying to get this house clean enough before the babies come home,” the group’s founder, Linda West-Conforti, said on Dr. Phil, which included Suleman as a guest. “There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done to this house.”
Although the first two babies could come home any day, the newly purchased house – which was still in escrow Wednesday – lacks a nursery, the stairs are open in a way that a toddler might slip through them, and the house is too dirty, said West-Conforti.
But various businesses donated flooring and other services during Dr. Phil. The donations included a nursery by celebrity designer Shalena Smith of Ga Ga Designs. Suleman whispered, “Oh, my goodness,” and “Thank you, thank you,” as the donations were offered.
• Additional reporting by JOHNNY DODD