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Quadriplegic mother granted visitation rights

March 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A woman who was left paralyzed while giving birth to her triplets was granted visitation rights on Friday.

The judge's decision is only a temporary ruling, and now, both sides will have to work on a date for a trial to get the case settled once and for all.

Abbie Dorn, gave birth to triplets at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center nearly five years ago. During the birth of the third child, a doctor accidentally nicked her uterus, and as she bled out, she suffered brain damage from a stroke.

Abbie Dorn can no longer walk or talk, and she communicates through blinking her eyes. A multi-million-dollar settlement pays for her care.

Her ex-husband, Dan Dorn, has custody of the children and raises them in Southern California. Abbie Dorn lives with her parents in South Carolina. According to his attorney Vicki Green, Dan Dorn has concerns over the children visiting their mother and grandparents back east.

"Grandparents, no matter how much they love, cannot instill their parental beliefs on the triplets. They are not their children," Green said.