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Disabled Mom Too 'Traumatizing' for Kids?

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Should she be allowed to see her kids?

Abbie Dorn suffered brain damage during the birth of her triplets. Then her husband, Dan, left her and refused to let her see the kids.

Her parents are suing the children's father for Abbie's right to see her children, now 4. But Abbie's ex says that seeing their mother would be too traumatic for the kids.

Abbie's parents shared their story with "Good Morning America":


Do you think Abbie should be granted the right to see her children?


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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Marie April 14, 2010, 1:29 PM

What a bastard!!!!! Horrible human, when this kids grow up they will hate him.

Louise McCloud April 14, 2010, 1:35 PM

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY, OF COURSE THIS MOM SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SEE HER TRIPLETS, SHE DIDN’T ASK FOR THIS TO HAPPEN, AND HER CHILDREN NEED TO SEE THEIR MOM, THIS STORY REALLY BREAKS MY HEART, I HOPE NOT ONLY IS THIS WOMAN ALLOWED TO SEE HER TRIPLETS BUT HER PARENTS BE ALLOWED JOINT CUSTODY OR AT LEAST WEEKEND CUSTODY OF THESE 3 CHILDREN. I WORKED IN THE MEDICAL FIELD FOR YEARS AND IT NEVER CEASED TO AMAZE ME. THAT BOND BETWEEN MOTHER AND CHILDREN IS SO STRONG IT REALLY CAN AND OFTEN TIMES WORK MIRACLES, I’M NOT SUGGESTING THAT WILL HAPPEN IN THIS CASE, I AM INSISTING THESE CHILDREN WILL NOT BE TRAUMATIZED IN ANY WAY BY SEEING AND KNOWING THEIR MOM AND GRANDPARENTS.

SS April 14, 2010, 1:41 PM

One day these children will really resent their father for taking their mother away from them. Whether he likes it or not, she’s disabled but she is also their mother. Those kids deserve to see their mom regularly.

Black Iris April 14, 2010, 2:42 PM

Maybe he’s afraid that if the kids see their mom they’ll be mad at him for leaving her.
My kids have visited their grandmother with Alzheimer’s on a regular basis. If you act like it’s the normal thing to do, they aren’t traumatized.

rh April 15, 2010, 6:04 AM

Maybe the problem is that he doesn’t want to face the fact she is disabled. Kids adjust, and frankly I’d rather have my mom, disabled or not, than not at all.

If she passed, wouldn’t the grandparents be allowed to see the kids?

Samantha  April 15, 2010, 8:11 AM

this is so so so heartbreaking. i kind of understand that the father could have concerns, but to keep these children from their mother, who is only in this state because she wanted these very children so badly, is just so so so cruel. and i think the children would actually benefit from the seeing the strength and perserverance of their mother rather than seeing the selfishness of their father who’d rather take the easy way out and not deal with her. as a daughter who watched her mother recuprate form a brain injury, watched her learn how to talk walk and eat again, i can say that i only had more respect for my mother, and that it taught me to be compassionate to people in that state and to their families, and to appreciate my physical abilities and not take them for granted. my heart so goes out to this family and i really wish there was something that someone could do for her. i wish i could tell her that she’s truly amazing, and that she brought 3 beautiful children into this world, and that one day, i hope they see how beautiful their mother is.

loving momma May 4, 2010, 5:50 AM

What the dad doesn’t understand: adversity makes you stronger and more aware of what you gave to be grateful for. The blessings he is witholding could produce more compassionate kids.


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