NY man demands estranged wife pay him for kidney

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York doctor is demanding that his
estranged wife pay him $1.5 million to compensate him for the
kidney he gave her while they were still on good terms.
Dr. Richard Batista spoke Wednesday to reporters at his lawyer's
office in Garden City, Long Island.
He said he gave his kidney to Dawnell Batista in June 2001. She
filed for divorce in July 2005.
The 49-year-old Batista works for Nassau University Medical
Center. The couple have three children, ages, 8, 11 and 14.
A message left for his wife's attorney, Douglas Rothkopf, was
not immediately returned.


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