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Severely disabled mother wins visitation rights with triplets

March 25, 2011 | 12:57 pm

Lildibnc A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a paraplegic woman who communicates by blinking has the right to see 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 has yet to be set.

“We are thrilled,” said Felicia Meyers, one of Dorn’s attorneys.

Although “there is no compelling evidence that the visitations by the children will have any benefit to Abby,” Shaller wrote, “…there is no compelling evidence that visitation with Abby will be detrimental to the children.”

Dorn was healthy until June 20, 2006, when she gave birth to the children at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. During delivery, a string of medical errors starved her brain of oxygen, and she is in a minimally conscious state, according to the neurologist who examined her during legal proceedings.

Abbie and Dan Dorn have since divorced. He has custody of the children and is raising them in the Los Angeles area. Dorn lives with her parents in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her parents are also her conservators and sued Dan on her behalf, asking the court to order him to bring the children for regular visits.

Paul and Susan Cohen believe that their daughter desperately wants to see her children; Dan told Shaller during a hearing last week that he believes his ex-wife is in a “vegetative” state, that the children will get no benefit from seeing her.


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Photo: Abbie Dorn in January. Credit: Joe Falcone / Associated Press