Husband Demands Payment For Donated Kidney

A Long Island surgeon doesn’t want to fight his estranged wife for the million dollar pad they shared. Instead, he wants the kidney he donated to her. But he’ll settle for $1.5 million compensation. Dr. Richard Batista and his wife Dawnell have been embroiled in a divorce battle for nearly four years. He saved her life by donating the kidney in 2001. She filed for divorce in July 2005, but he claims she began having an extramarital affair 18 months to two years after the transplant. Batista said he doesn’t regret donating the kidney to Dawnell, but regrets the failed marriage. “There is no greater feeling on this planet. As God is my witness, I felt as if I could put my arm around Jesus Christ,” he said. “It was unbelievable; I was walking on a cloud. To this day I would still do it again.”

The couple have three children together, which makes me question Batista’s motives for wanting his kidney. Let’s forget for a minute that no doctor would be willing to remove a kidney from someone whose life depends on the organ. And let’s instead think about that Batista would be killing the mother of his children if the kidney was returned to him. As a surgeon, Batista has to know that his demand is far-fetched. Therefore, I think he wants to drag out the divorce proceedings even more. He really wants nothing but pity. [ABC Local]

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