We want your liver
This divorce could be straight out of a Monty Python skit.
Both Newsday and The New York Post have reported about what can only be one of the most bizarre divorces cases, ever.
Doctor and nurse meet and fall in love, and vow to spend a lifetime together in marital bliss. Unfortunately, the wife had severe health problems, which resulted in both kidneys failing. Following two failed kidney transplants, the doctor donated one of his kidneys in 2001, thereby saving his wife’s life.
Two years later, the wife is claimed to have began an extramarital affair with physical therapist.
The wife filed for a divorce in 2005, with the doctor alleging to have been served with the divorce summons in the operating room.
Four years into the divorce action, the doctor is now demanding the kidney back, or to otherwise treat it as part of the marital estate with it being worth $1.5 million.
Assuming that the wife did cheat after receiving a kidney from her husband, nobody can dispute that was a pretty crummy thing to do. And if she really did have the doctor served with the divorce papers in the operating room, that too was even more crummy. Granted, she must have had one heck of a process server, or perhaps the process server was posing as the patient. Who knows.
So assuming all this is true, the doctor certainly has real reason to feel betrayed.
But to ask for a distributive share of the donated kidney as part of equitable distribution takes this divorce to the land of the surreal poka dot bunny rabbits, otherwise known as the place of going from right to wrong.
Like most stories, I’m sure there is a lot more going on than what is being reported by the press. But whatever those facts might be, there is something seriously wrong with a divorce relying on In Re Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life’s “Live Organ Transplants” as controlling law.
“We’re here for your liver”
“But I’m not done using it!”