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Though she already had six children, Nadya became pregnant with octuplets through in vitro fertilization. Her doctor implanted six embryos—eggs fertilized with a donor's sperm—in her uterus. Right up until she was in labor, doctors thought she was going to have seven babies. "[The eighth baby] was hiding somewhere," Ed jokes. Despite her already large family, Ed says Nadya wanted to have those six embryos implanted in part for religious reasons and also because she trusted her doctor.
Oprah: Do you think the doctor was irresponsible?
Ed: Absolutely irresponsible. Exactly.
Oprah: Do you think your daughter was irresponsible?
Ed: Irresponsible, too. Yes, ma'am.
Oprah: Do you think your daughter is mentally stable?
Ed: That's a very good question.