Doud pulls no punches during the hour, calling both his daughter and her doctor "absolutely irresponsible." Asked by Oprah whether he believes his daughter is mentally stable, Doud pauses and offers, "That's a very good question." He continues, "Now I'm no psychiatrist, but I question her mental situation."
Asked about the website launched on behalf of Nadya and the octuplets that includes a place for public donations, Doud says: "You know what? She needs help. I say to everybody now, people, we do need help. Do not punish my daughter for what she has done and do not punish the babies, because they were given by God."
In the interview, Oprah asks the questions on Americans' minds: Why did Nadya do this? What was she like growing up and how is she holding up now? How will Doud, Nadya and her family support 14 children? Is the family in jeopardy of losing their home?
Finally, Oprah asks Doud, "What is your greatest hope?" Responds Doud, "[To] stay healthy and have my grandchildrenâall of themâto be healthy and the mother to finish her schooling and start working, and we all could support this family."
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