If you have read the NY Daily News this morning you probably have seen this story. Apparently a doctor and his wife are getting divorced. OK, no big deal. It happens. What is the big deal is that about eight years ago, the doctor donated one of his kidneys to his wife. The wife thanked him by then having an affair with her physical therapist and serving her husband with divorce papers. Granted it was not immediately after the surgery, because that would have just been awful.
Anyway, in the divorce settlement the doctor is asking for either his kidney back or $1.5M in cash which is what the kidney is worth on the open market. Really? I didn't know they were worth that much. Anyway, he really has no case, and he even says he would donate it to her again if she would only come back to him. Guess this guy has a very broken heart.
Do you think that he should have even asked for the kidney/money or just let it go? I mean she is the mother of their three kids and so he obviously knows she can't give him the kidney or she will die and I doubt that is what he wants. Does receiving a kidney from a spouse force you to spend your entire life with that person? I don't think so. I know she must feel awful, but just because you got a kidney doesn't mean you should have to suffer and be miserable in a relationship for the next fifty years. Does it?
If your significant other gave you a kidney, would you feel obligated to stay with them forever? Is there a certain amount of time you have to stay with them after the surgery just so you don't look like you were using the person? I think if she had left him a month after the surgery, it would have been one thing, but this was like four years later.