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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Ex-Husband Fights to Keep Children Away from Their Brain-Damaged Mother
Warning: this is a tragic story. But it does raise questions that might eventually affect the legal rights of mentally incapacitated individuals.
(CNN) -- Abbie Dorn always wanted children, and in June 2006 she got her wish -- triplets. But during a difficult birth she suffered severe brain damage that took away her chance to raise them.Abbie's parents took over her care while Dan took the triplets and began raising them in California. One year after their birth, Dan contacted Abbie's parents to tell them he was ready to move on and wanted a divorce. The Cohens filed for divorce on Abbie's behalf, and in 2008 the divorce was finalized.
What happened next isn't very pretty. The Cohens and Dan can't agree on whether Abbie is making progress. Dan believes that she remains in a vegetative state while her parents contend that she has made dramatic progress since 2008. Whatever the truth, what's at stake is whether she has the right to have visits from her children. Dan doesn't want the children to see their mother; the Cohens believe she has a right to a relationship with them, whatever that relationship might be.
Complicating this case further is the fact that Dan has sued Abbie's estate for child support. (The estate received a medical malpractice settlement of $7.8 million which pays for Abbie's care.) This seemed to be the last straw for a lot of people commenting on the news story. Let me just say that they were not lobbying to form a fan club for Dan Dorn.
What do our readers think? Read the whole story here, and then let us know. Or, if you want to read even more about Abbie's situation, the Los Angeles Times ran a lengthy story on April 11th that goes into more detail about what happened and the ongoing court arguments.
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