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Old 01-30-2009, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Divorcing Man Wants Kidney Back After Wife Cheats

If I was this dude, I'd probably ask for my balls back, too. (This is a bit old, but I haven't seen it posted...also, I'm going to ignore the fact that this dude lives 5 minutes away from me.)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/0..._n_156197.html

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — A Long Island surgeon embroiled in a nearly four-year divorce proceeding wants his estranged wife to return the kidney he donated to her, although he says he'll settle for $1.5 million in compensation.

Dr. Richard Batista, a surgeon at Nassau University Medical Center, told reporters at his lawyer's Long Island office Wednesday that he decided to go public with his demand for kidney compensation because he has grown frustrated with the negotiations with his estranged wife.

He claimed he has been prevented from seeing their children, ages, 8, 11 and 14, for months at a time.

"This is my last resort; I did not want to do this publicly," Batista said.

He said he gave his kidney to Dawnell Batista, now 44, in June 2001. She filed for divorce in July 2005, although he claims she began having an extramarital affair 18 months to two years after receiving the kidney transplant, his attorney, Dominick Barbara said.

Douglas Rothkopf, the attorney representing Dawnell Batista, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

Matrimonial attorneys were quick to shoot down any possibility Batista would succeed.

"I've been in this business over 40 years and I've never heard of that," said Seymour J. Reisman, a Long Island divorce lawyer. "It's not marital property, not a marital asset you can put a price tag on."

Manhattan attorney Susan Moss said, "The good doctor is out of luck and out a kidney. This is similar to cases where a husband wants to be repaid for the cost of breast implants and the such. Our judges are not willing to value such assets, so to speak."

Batista, 49, said he has no regrets about donating the kidney, only about the failed marriage. The couple was married in 1990 and lived in a million-dollar home in Massapequa. They met while he was working at a hospital and she was training to be a nurse.

He still recalls the day after the surgery took place.

"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. It was an unbelievable; I was walking on a cloud.

To this day I would still do it again."
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I expected something else entirely more along the lines of "I'm pissed and I hate the bitch gimme my kidney."
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I'm trying to figure out what the hell he would do with the kidney if he did get it back. Draw a smiley face on it and take it out to dinner?
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can someone please explain the whole "arm-around-Jesus-Christ" thing to me?

because it seems that he was elated to donate his kidney.
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can someone please explain the whole "arm-around-Jesus-Christ" thing to me?
Maybe he had an underhook and was about to go for a take down?

I have heard Jesus has second-to-none TDD!
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can someone please explain the whole "arm-around-Jesus-Christ" thing to me?

because it seems that he was elated to donate his kidney.
He was, he also said he'd donate the kidney again, he's only doing this to finalize the divorce and to see his kids more, or so it sounds?
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He was, he also said he'd donate the kidney again, he's only doing this to finalize the divorce and to see his kids more, or so it sounds?
mmmkay... see, I understand all of what he says... but it doesn't seem to add up. I dunno. something seems amiss...

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Maybe he had an underhook and was about to go for a take down?

I have heard Jesus has second-to-none TDD!
now this makes more sense. thanks for the heads up on the Son of Man's skillz
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The story didnt move me until that last part. He is saying he was the happiest person on earth because he gave his wife another chance at life and him a continued fake chance at love. I feel sorry for the poor guy. I feel even more sorry for the doctor that would be willing to do this. No doctor in there moral mind would remove a working organ in a living human like that. Besides the fact that if she needed it in the first place she would die from the removal. When it comes down to it thats really freakin twisted.
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No doctor in there moral mind would remove a working organ in a living human like that.
You know people have 2 kidneys, right?
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I'm trying to figure out what the hell he would do with the kidney if he did get it back. Draw a smiley face on it and take it out to dinner?
Blend it up in a blender, might make a good cracker spread or something
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