Judge Allows That Paralyzed Mom, Abbie Dorn, Has Right to See Her Kids
A California judge ruled Friday a Myrtle Beach mother will be able to see her triplets.
Abbie Dorn’s parents, who now take care of Abbie, spoke with Newschannel 15 in April 2010.
A medical error during the birth of her triplets in June of 2006 left Abbie with major brain damage. She hasn’t seen her children since.
Her ex-husband has refused to let her see their children, saying it may cause them psychological damage.
Friday, a judge ruled she can see her four-year-old kids for five days a year until a custody case is settled between Dorn’s parents and her now ex-husband.
A woman left severely disabled during childbirth was granted temporary visitation rights Friday to her 4-year old triplets.
In a tentative 10-page ruling, Judge Frederick C. Shaller said that Abbie Dorn, 34, can see her daughter, Esti, and sons Reuvi and Yossi, for a five-day visit each year pending a trial in the acrimonious custody case.
She also entitled to a monthly online Skype visit.
A trial date to determine a permanent custody arraignment has yet to be set.
Her parents and former husband are locked in a legal battle over whether Dorn is capable of interacting with her children, and whether they should visit her.
Dorn last had contact with triplets Esti, Reuvi and Yossi in October 2007, when they were toddlers.
Paul and Susan Cohen, Abbie’s parents are conservators of her estate and care for their daughter full-time at their home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
A $7.8 million medical malpractice settlement funds her treatment.
Her former husband, Daniel Dorn, is raising the triplets in Los Angeles.
Dorn was healthy when she went into labor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
During delivery, Abby began bleeding and went into cardiac arrest starving her brain of oxygen.
Medical personnel were not able to resuscitate her for nearly 20 minutes, according to the Cohens and their lawyers.
The trauma left her in a minimally conscious state, according to the neurologist who examined her during legal proceedings.
Dan Dorn divorced Abbie a year later.
The ruling required Dan Dorn would not just be in the room for the visits but would control the children, and could forbid anyone, including Susan Cohen or any other family members from being in the room.
Dorn says that Susan Cohan’s beliefs were contrary to his and that he felt she had a ‘negative effect’ on the children.
The judge praised the ‘impressive’ care given by Susan Cohen, calling her a “tireless”, fully devoted and successful advocate for her daughter.