The Suleman home, for now
The Suleman home, for nowIt's just more sad news from the life of "Octomom" Nadya Suleman, as she and her 14 children slip ever closer to an eviction from their 4-bedroom house on a cul-de-sac in La Habra, which is about 25 miles east of Los Angeles.
Suleman owes Amer Haddadin, the former owner of her home, a $450,000 payment that was actually due back in October. Haddadin agreed to a personal loan to Suleman's father Ed Doud since Nadya could not qualify for a traditional home loan at the time. In the spirit of helping out a fellow Arab in need, Haddadin, a Jordanian, agreed to help Doud, a Palestinian.
Unfortunately, that spirit of do-gooding backfired and has Haddadin hurting for the cash he's owed. Now he's ready to evict Suleman and her family as early as this Friday. But the question is -- is Octomom really broke or not?
Haddadin says, "I think they have money, but they are hiding the money," but I think this might just be wishful thinking on Haddadin's part. After the single Octomom's attention-grabbing birth to the eight kids she opted for through IVF atop the six kids she had already, also through IVF, her failed attempts at money-making fame -- reality shows, books, etc. -- haven't resulted in any cash flow. I don't think Nadya's hiding any money.
Unfortunately for Nadya's dad, however, he's a joint owner on the house, which means he's liable for the past-due payments. But Dad and Mom, now divorced, have already filed for bankruptcy and have their own financial issues. Dad even moved back to his native Iraq to be a translator in order to support Nadya and her kids financially.
So is Dad going to be able to bail Nadya out before it's too late? Or will Dad let the house go into foreclosure? Will Nadya move back in with her mother? Will her mother refuse to let her (cause I would)? Should Nadya's parents be responsible? I mean, they raised her after all. Who is ultimately responsible for this family? If not her family, then who?
If Nadya's family cannot or refuse to bail her out again, what happens when she and her 14 children become homeless? Will they end up in a homeless shelter? Is there a homeless shelter equipped for a 15-person family? Will her kids then go into the foster care system? Should they go into the system? Will they be better off?
These are all really tough questions but reasonable ones, especially in these tough economic times. Families with far less children are having trouble making ends meet. So who is responsible for this family? Should Nadya's parents be responsible? I mean, they raised her after all. They are her family. Shouldn't we take care of our own?
Or is this a catastrophic situation we need to shoulder as a society? After all, didn't we ultimately fail Nadya by allowing her to conceive all these children without the means -- emotional or financial -- to care for them?
Maybe we should send the bill -- welfare or otherwise -- to her IVF doctor Michael Kamrava, the ultimate criminal in this case. What doctor in their right mind would implant so many embryos in a single patient despite her financial situation? It's not for the good of the mother's health or the kids'.
What do you think? What will or should happen to the Suleman clan if they're evicted this week?
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I create a special savings account
I put a little away at a time
I cut corners until I can afford it
Save? Who has money to save?
I plan to put it on my credit card and love the benefits of the reward program