Give Back My Kidney: Devon Woman Wants Estranged Husband To Return Her Donated Organ
THE People report on “Caring Samantha Lamb”, 41, of Ivybridge, Devon, who gave one of her kidney’s to ailing husband Andy, 45. The People says it saved his life. She says after the transplant he had an affair. He says he didn’t. She wants her kidney back. You could deduce that she wants him dead.
Says the mum-of-one: “I can’t believe he now has a second chance to live to see his grandchildren grow up. I would definitely go through the operation again – but I wouldn’t give the kidney to him. I hate him. If I could I’d take it back and give it someone else. Obviously I don’t want people to be put off putting their names on the organ donor list. But all I want from him is his name on the divorce papers.”
Andy, billed by caring Sam as king of the one-liners, replies: ”Despite what Samantha believes, I’ve never been with her friend. I just helped train her dog.”
This story reminds Anorak of events in 2009, when Long Island surgeon Richard Batista demanded that his wife Dawnell Batista, 44, return a kidney he donated to her in 2001 or give him $1.5 million.
His claimed she had cheated on him. She denied it.
As with the Lambs, this is story of a broken heart and a given kidney. As Dr Batista said: ”I saved her life. But the pain is unbearable.”
Dr Richard Batista’s bid failed. The judge ruled: “While the term ‘marital property’ is elastic and expansive … its reach, in this court’s view, does not stretch into the ethers and embrace … human tissues or organs.”
It’s unlikely Mrs Lamb will get her organ back, legally.
The problem with this is that the donor knows the identity of the recipient. Anonymity is the way ahead: