Some Spouses Will Get an Arm and a Leg, but a Kidney?
As part of the divorce settlement, New York divorce attorney, Dominic Barbara, and his client, surgeon Dr. Richard Batista, are demanding that Mrs. Dawnell Batista return the kidney that Dr. Batista donated to her in 2001. Dr. Batista says that if she does not agree to his proposal, that he will accept $1.5 million in compensation instead. New York attorneys are saying that it is hard to imagine that any court would force her to give up the kidney for several reasons: The transplanted kidney from Dr. Batista was a gift to his wife and gifts generally stay with the recipient, Mrs. Batista cannot live without the organ, and most importantly, the doctor's request is simply preposterous.
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