"Honest to goodness, I am," he replies. "Nadya really does care for these children. She does spend some time. There have been some days in the very recent past where Nadya was spread out very, very thin. It was not her intent that that would occur, but she was thrown into a situation whereby she was surrounded by media beyond her wildest imaginations, and it was obviously the first time that she ever encompassed a situation like that."
Jeff adds that the medical staff at Kaiser Permanente, where Nadya delivered the babies, is working closely with the mother to make sure the house is safe and the nannies are trained. "They call me all the time and ask me what the situation is. They ask me for reports, what am I doing for safety, what am I doing for security, so I'm following up with them as well," he says. "They're very concerned."
"Who is paying for all of this now?" Dr. Phil asks Jeff.
[AD]"Kaiser Permanente has informed me that this is basically typical. Because there are so many babies, they are extending it a little bit," he says. He notes that the hospital and nurses are paid by Medi-Cal, while Nadya pays the nannies' salaries from money she's earned. "The nurses aren't going to be there forever. They're there to train, they're there to help, they're there to implement, and once they're happy with the way things are going, they're out of the picture." He stresses that Nadya doesn't want to need public aid. "That's not what her goal is. She wants off, and quite frankly, she was a little uncomfortable with Angels in Waiting for that reason, too, because she was aware that they were being funded by donations."
Dr. Phil addresses Linda West-Conforti, co-founder of Angels in Waiting USA. "Do you have concerns about these nannies who are there?" he asks. "If there are sick nannies in the house, if there are people who [test] positive for tuberculosis, that's traoubling to me."
"I'm not saying they're positive for tuberculosis. They're testing that they've had it before. I'm not sure that they're symptomatic at the time that they're coming in, but the big question is we don't know. They have not been ruled out that they are not active carriers," Linda explains.
"Were there nannies in the home who tested positive?" Dr. Phil asks.
"Yes, there were three of them who tested positive. Nadya gave her permission without talking to us nurses or Kaiser, that it was OK for them to come in as long as they wore a mask until they got their X-ray back and read by a physician," Linda says.
"Is that OK?" Dr. Phil asks.
[AD]"No," she replies, adding that Nadya should have asked one of her employees if it was acceptable before allowing the nannies to work. "Nadya was so under the gun to have enough nannies to show the hospital that they're able to send the next babies home, that she jeopardized the welfare of these infants."
"They didn't wear a mask. People need to know that," Jackie Peebles, co-founder of Angels in Waiting USA adds. "Nobody wore a mask." She explains that Nadya called her to ask that her staff be present at the training Kaiser was providing. "During the training, the ladies are still in the home. Nobody put a mask on."