Thousands of California taxpayers voiced their own disapproval on message boards when they learned they could be the ones footing the bill for the octuplet's expensive hospital stay, estimated in February to be in the neighborhood of $1 million.
With the help of a public relations firm, the Suleman family set up a Web site that allows supporters to donate to the family. According to Mike Furtney, a spokesman for the family, the Web site inspired some heated criticism but also a generous outpouring of support. One farmer in the Midwest even offered to house the family under his roof.
The story took another turn when Denis Beaudoin came forward to say he had donated sperm three times while he and Suleman were dating because she asked him to and he was possibly the octuplet's father.
But after Beaudoin came forward, Suleman said he was "absolutely" not the father.