Thursday, January 8, 2009

A bad--really bad!--divorce

I've always maintained that the common phrase "bad divorce" (as in, "Joe's going through a really bad divorce") is redundant. I've heard people talk of good divorces, but mostly I don't believe them.

But here's one that justifies the label "bad divorce." Or "unbelievably bad divorce."

From Newsday:

"When Dr. Richard Batista's wife needed a kidney, he gave her one of his.

And now that Dawnell Batista has filed for a divorce, he wants it back."

Dr. Batista's attorney said that if she won't return the kidney, his client will settle for $1.5 million in what he says is partial compensation.

Robert Veatch, a medical ethicist at Georgetown University, told Newsday that it's illegal for an organ to be bought or sold in the United States, or exchanged for anything of value. Legally, "when you give something, you can't get it back," he said.

Taking the kidney out would force Dawnell Batista to go on to dialysis, or have another transplant. Or it could kill her. Presumably Dr. Batista, a surgeon at Nassau University Medical Center, knows that. And yet...

Medical ethics aside, this is what I would call a bad, bad divorce.

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