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Old 01-08-2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Husband Asks For Kidney Compensation In Divorce

Obviously he couldn't get the kidney back and this is some sort of crazy gimmick resulting from hurt and anger-but it's still very sad. I remember that Dominick Barbara from the Howard Stern show. Good thing some people are fighting so that men and women are the only ones allowed to have "sanctified" marriages, when so many good things like this can come out of some of them...

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (WABC) -- 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.

Dr. Batista fought back tears after talking about a bitter divorce battle he's embroiled in with his wife of 15 years.

"There's no deeper pain or betrayal from somebody you loved and devoted your whole life to," he said.

Batista's a full-time surgeon, who married Dawnell in 1990. They would later have three children and eventually he saved her life by donating his kidney to her in 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.

Batista says she had an affair.

"I felt humiliated betrayed as a person, a man, a husband and father," adds Dr. Batista.

Now as part of the divorce settlement Dr. Batista isn't asking for the million dollar home they shared in Massappequa, he's asking for his kidney back, or to get paid for it.

Douglas Rothkopf, the attorney representing Dawnell Batista, told Eyewitness News, "The facts aren't as represented by Dr. Batista. We will be addressing the issues before the judge within the next few days."

Batista, 49, said he has no regrets about donating the kidney, only about the failed marriage.

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 unbelievable; I was walking on a cloud. To this day I would still do it again," he said.
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He should at least get half...
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:17 AM   #3
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This is ridiculous. I saw this on the news last night and was like WTF you have to be kidding me!
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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (WABC) --
"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 unbelievable; I was walking on a cloud. To this day I would still do it again," he said.

As long as he gets paid for it. What would Jesus charge?
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that is some cold shit right there...
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awesome. he gives her his kidney, she divorces him... and cheated on him, mind you. she should give it back.
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His lawyer is Dominic Barbara. That explains everything.
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So he has no regrets about donating the kidney and would do it again....but he wants compensation......?
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I want my sperms back
or at least the same compensation a sperm donor would have received

all you women out there know who you are
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I'm not sure why it's so strange he wants to be compensated.

If you are married and you pay off your spouse's student loans, you are entitled to compensation for that. In fact, you're entitled to a lot of different types of compensation on the dissolution of marriage, especially in situations where one spouse keeps something (house, car, etc) that the other doesn't.

So just consider this to be another form of property.
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I'm not sure why it's so strange he wants to be compensated.

If you are married and you pay off your spouse's student loans, you are entitled to compensation for that. In fact, you're entitled to a lot of different types of compensation on the dissolution of marriage, especially in situations where one spouse keeps something (house, car, etc) that the other doesn't.

So just consider this to be another form of property.
No, because it in not legal to sell organs in the U S.
(just sperm, you can't beat my price)
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No, because it is not legal to sell organs in the U S.
Not to mention the fact that the guy is a doctor, a surgeon. Good to know that a doctor thinks that organ donation should be treated in this way.
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I saw him on T V last night, too.

The guy is a whiny baby.

He needs to hook up with Howard Sterns and go to Scores and get drunk.

Get down with his misogynistic inner self.
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You can't control people even by donating an organ to them. That's life. He couldn't even guarantee her fidelity and undying love by doing that, so if that was any part of the equation then he was misguided. Organ donation should be as unselfish as possible. I understand that he feels humiliated and betrayed, but this isn't going to fix that.

Not to mention what his kids think, how they will feel about this whole issue. The kids are 14,11, and 8
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