US doc demands $1.5m for donated organ
Missus runs off with kids, kidney
A US doctor is demanding his ex-missus stump $1.5m after she ran off with their three kids and one of his kidneys, the New York Daily News reports.
Richard Batista, 49, donated the organ to his wife Dawnell eight years ago in an attempt to salvage their foundering marriage. She'd already suffered two failed transplants when hubby offered a renal lifeline, discovering his kidney was a match at odds of 700,000-to-1.
The Nassau University Medical Center surgeon said: "My first priority was to save her life. The second bonus was to turn our marriage around."
Sadly, while the first wish came true, the second wasn't to be. While a revitalised Dawnell Batista quickly "returned to school to earn a master's degree in nursing, and took up karate", the marriage survived just another four years. Richard Batista recounted that "after an injury suffered while trying to earn her black belt" (in karate, not nursing), his wife "began physical therapy - which evolved into an affair with her therapist".
He said: "It put a hole in my heart that still exists. To this day, I'm a man of pride. To be betrayed that way, humiliated - I can't even begin to say."
Dr Batista claims his former partner "slapped me with divorce papers when I was in surgery trying to save another person's life", and that he hasn't seen his three daughters in months.
Accordingly, the cuckolded, demirenal and evidently rather pissed off chap has decided to charge the mother of his children the aforementioned 1.5m bucks for the use of his kidney.
The case is apparently - and unsurprisingly, let's face it - "the first of its kind in New York State". Julia Rivera of the New York Organ Donor Network summed the whole thing up nicely with: "This is extraordinary." ®
If you want to read more about the sorry tale of the Batistas, and in particular hubby's near-God experience at his post-transplant missus's bedside, do so at your peril here.
@ Sarah Bee
"Why do people have to be so absolutist about these things?"
Not all of us. I'm only provisionally absolutist.
We should be careful judging a person during a state of distress, it is one of the things that strips the humanity away from the animal.
On the other hand, it's a good thing he wasn't caught cheating. He might have come home to find her dumping all his stuff on the lawn - "Here's your stupid ring back... and your stupid flowers... and all your stupid clothes... and... UUUGGGHHHHErrrrrr... here's your stupid kidney back too!"
Paris, because they'll always have her...
Well done that chap, tackling these uppity women and putting them back in their place! It makes a change from most contributors obsessing over making the Bee with two backs.
Congrats on the impending little one. I tried pointing out to my wife when she was expecting that pregnancy highlights typical differences in behaviours - men just crack on and get their part of the job done in a few hours. Women have to drag the whole thing out for months. She took it quite well, and the sofa is quite comfy after a few weeks. It was even better when I was allowed to bring it back in from the garden.
Perhaps they could organise some kind of access to the kidney? He could have visiting rights every other weekend. Take it to the park, McDonalds, then pump it full of sweets to make it hyperactive just before returning it to his ex-wife.
Heart icon, because if you tilt your head and squint, you *might* mistake it for a kidney, providing you have no idea what a kidney looks like. If you have no idea what a kidney looks like, then tilt your head and squint at the icon - it *might* look something like that.
If he actually expects sympathy from his former consort, he is mistaken. She did act like a ***rag but she is certainly allowed to do so according to the law.
Their children being isolated from him, on the other hand, is a genuine complaint.
My advice to this emotional and angry gentleman would be this: Accidents happen guv', particularly those involving high velocity ordinance...