Nadya began IVF in 1997, when she was 21 years old and divorced, with funds from a $165,000 compensation she received after suffering a back injury at work.
In 2001, she gave birth to her first child, a male called Elijah, and in 2002, she gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Amerah. She went on to have three additional children through IVF, including fraternal twins Calyssa and Caleb.
When Beverly Hills fertility specialist Dr. Michael Kamrava placed all 12 embryos into Nadya’s uterus in 2008, she still had 12 embryos remaining.
The two have conflicting accounts of who came up with the idea to utilize all 12 embryos at once, but according to the New York Times, Dr. Kamrava lost his medical license in the United States in 2011.
‘My doctor mislead me,’ Suleman claimed, adding that she had expected to have only two children.
‘He stated we lost six embryos, that they were thrown out of me, and that’s why he wanted to implant another six,’ she added.
When Nadya gave birth to the octuplets at 31 weeks in 2009, 46 physicians and nurses were on standby to conduct the C-section, which resulted in the delivery of six boys and two girls weighing between 1 pound 8 ounces and 3 lbs. 4 ounces.
The octuplets became the longest-living set of octuplets ever born in the United States.
Nadya’s younger children are now the focus of her social media posts, but she may occasionally post images of her older children with their consent.
She talked about her family’s healthy lifestyle earlier this year, revealing that 13 of her 14 children are vegan..
She said that she is a “predominantly raw, ethical vegan,” and that her older children have chosen to eat like her.