GARDEN CITY - It was fun while it lasted, but now he wants his kidney back or at least the monetary equivalent of it.
A New York doctor is demanding that his estranged wife compensate him for the kidney he gave to her when they were happily married. The apparent price tag on the organ: $1.5 million.
Nassau University Medical Center, says he donated his kidney to wife Dawnell Batista in June 2001. Four years later, she filed for divorce he told reporters at his lawyer's Garden City office Wednesday.
The kidney fight is just the tip of the iceberg in a nearly four-year divorce proceeding between the Long Island couple. According to Batista, he has grown frustrated with the negotiations and this was the final straw.
"This is my last resort; I did not want to do this publicly," he told reporters.
Dr. Batista's attorney, Dominick Barbara also claims his client's estranged wife began having an extramarital affair nearly two years after receiving the kidney transplant.
As to whether he regrets donating the kidney, Batista, 49, says his only regrets revolve around the failed marriage.
"To this day, I would still do it again," he said.
The couple, who married in 1990 and separated in 2004, share three children.