January 31, 2015
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A court has rejected a New York surgeon's
claim that he should get $1.5 million in his divorce settlement
because he donated a kidney to his wife.
Dr. Richard Batista has said he's entitled to the kidney
compensation because Dawnell Batista was denying him visits with
their three children.
In a ruling Tuesday, matrimonial referee Jeffrey Grob (Grahb)
says the kidney was a gift. It was donated in 2001, during happier
times in the marriage.
Grob says a wide range of items are considered marital property
- but donated organs would not be among them.
The doctor's attorney, Dominic Barbara, says he considers the
ruling a victory for his client because the donation will be
considered as a factor in the overall distribution of marital