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Robin, a mother of quadruplets in Weston, Connecticut, is Skyping in to share her experience with in vitro fertilization. "I have 21-year-old quadruplets, one of which has autism. I understand Nadya Suleman has one child already who has autism," she says. "Autism alone requires 24/7 intervention. It would take Herculean effort, and although my son has made great strides, I can't tell you—having 14 children on top of that? It's reckless. I'm sorry to use that term, but that's how I viewed Nadya's choices."

Although all eight of Nadya's babies were born healthy, Dr. Oz says the long-term effects on the children are yet to be seen. "There is a relatively small chance that all eight of those kids will grow up to be normal adults," he says. "There's going to be a chance of cerebral palsy, developmental delays, emotionally, mentally, vision problems, hearing problems."

Virviane, another Skyper, says she sympathizes with Nadya's decisions. "My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about two years now and I can understand the pain and the burden that comes along with not being able to conceive naturally. And I can understand her desire to want to have children and not to, I guess, throw away God's blessing," she says. "I just feel that she's being villified. It's unfair and it's way too harsh. We just need to move on and help the kids."
FROM: The Octuplet Controversy: Dr. Oz Weighs In
Published on February 24, 2009
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