Human body

His Heart Is Broken, So Now He Wants His Kidney


Divorces generally involve broken hearts, but how often do they address kidneys? When Dr. Richard Batista donated his kidney to his wife, Dawnell, in 2001, he undoubtedly thought that kidney would remain in the family. Seven years later as their marriage disintegrated, Batista decided he wanted the kidney back. The petition for divorce asked for the return of the kidney or payment of $1.5 million — the estimated value of the anatomical gift.

A Suffolk County, New York judge rejected the request.

On a positive note, he didn’t ask for specific performance to compel his wife to literally comply with her promise when he “asked for her hand in marriage.”


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