Panty-sniffing surgeon Dr Richard Batista, Long Island surgeon, has had a messy breakup with his wife Dawnell.
Just how messy this is going to get is anyone’s guess. He accuses her of infidelity and denying him time with their children. She says he was paranoid – right down to undie-checks for evidence of an affair – and never denied access.
He donated a kidney to her eight years ago, when a pregnancy-related illness made it necessary and he turned out to be a match. Around that time, their marriage was going bad. Four years ago, Dawnell Batista filed for divorce.
Batista called a press conference this month, because the proceedings weren’t going quickly enough for his liking, or because he wanted the world to know about his pain, his terrible pain. He’s wounded, you know. And entitled. Don’t forget entitled.
What would salve his pain? He’s suing for his kidney back. Or 1.5 million dollars. Her choice: the kidney or the bill.
Announcer: “Richard Batista donated the kidney to his wife Dawnell in 2001. Well, with a new lease on life, the doctor says his wife started having an affair with her physical therapist. She filed for divorce in 2005, and now he doesn’t think it’s fair that his ex-wife runs around with his kidney in her body. He says he would take 1.5 million dollars in exchange.”
Richard Batista: “We were in a million-dollar home, I was a full-time surgeon and a full-time father, and a dedicated husband. And I saved her life. And there’s nothing bad about what I did, and I would do it again. But the pain is unbearable.
Announcer: “Now, if he would take 1.5 million dollars in exchange, could that qualify as payment for his kidney. And in fact, isn’t paying for organs illegal in this country? Hmm. Batista’s estranged wife is not commenting on the case. The physical therapist she’s accused of having the affair with denies the claims. And now you’re up to date.”
You can see Batista’s lawyer speaking in this clip:
Lawyer Dominic Barbara: “As part of the litigation we are asking for the value of the kidney that he gave his wife. In theory, we actually asked for the return of the kidney.”
This CBS announcer characterises the story as one of his “risk and sacrifice”. She’s invisible. Vom.
More of the story comes to light in this next clip, where Richard Batista and his lawyer appeared on Larry King. Apparently he hasn’t been denied visitation with his children. Not legally, not in any other way. Except, he claims, that his children have been “severely influenced” and “alienated from him” by the “environment of their household” – such that they don’t want to see him anymore. After he is so broken-hearted at his efforts being a “24/7 father” and a prominent New York vascular surgeon not gaining him the worship he deserved.
(Let me know if anyone needs a transcript of this. I’m a bit tapped out right now but can manage it later.)
Why the fuck is this cashed-up trumped-up little minigod chasing this money and this publicity all over the media? I smell douchebaggery supreme. On behalf of him and his bloodsucking self-aggrandising leech of a lawyer.