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Dr. Richard Batista gave his wife one of his kidneys after she had two other failed transplants. He said he did it to save her life (duh) and also to hopefully turn a rocky marriage around (wait, what?)
The case is being heard in Supreme Court in Mineola in New York.
Medical ethicists agreed that the case is a nonstarter.
Asked how likely it would be for the doctor to either get his kidney back or get money for it, Arthur Caplan at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics, put it as "somewhere between impossible and completely impossible."
First and foremost, said Robert Veatch, a medical ethicist at Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics, "it's illegal for an organ to be exchanged for anything of value."
Organs in the United States may not be bought or sold. Donating an organ is a gift and legally "when you give something, you can't get it back," he said.
"It's her kidney now and . . . taking the kidney out would mean she would have to go on dialysis or it would kill her," Veatch said.
ANOTHER UPDATE: University of Minnesota bioethics professor calls man's request 'shameful'