Evil ex-husband wants his kidney back in divorce settlement

Talk about cold-hearted divorce settlements. A man who donated one of his kidneys to his wife is now asking for her to return it in their divorce settlement. If she doesn't care to return the life-saving organ, he is asking her to give him the value of his kidney in cash: $1.5 million, according to NewsDay.

The couple had the transplant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in June 2001.


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?) 

His wife, Dawnell Batista, filed for divorce and now he wants that kidney back pronto. Cut him back up and return it because why does his ex's life matter anymore, right? Who cares that she is the mother of three of his children! Well, ok, if you want to stay alive, just pay him $1.5 million for his generous gift. What a creep! 

Good luck with this one, buddy. No one thinks you have a shot at winning this one. 

More from Newsday:
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.

UPDATE: Crazed ex-husband who wants kidney back says he is justified because she cheated

University of Minnesota bioethics professor calls man's request 'shameful'