For goodness sake, reciprocate?

Let’s consider the ethics involved in giving someone a life-extending organ – and then demanding for it to be returned:  a US man divorcing his wife is demanding that she returns the kidney he donated to her, or pay him $1.5m in compensation. (BBC)  Apparently, the two married in 1990 and he donated a kidney to her in 2001. She filed for divorce in 2005 and a settlement has still not been reached. In addition, he claims that he was prevented from seeing their 3 children ‘for extended periods.’ According to the Times Online, he also accuses his wife of rejecting him and of being unfaithful. Frustrated, he says, he went public, demanding his kidney back. Alternatively, he will settle for the market value of a kidney.  According to divorce lawyers, says the BBC piece, “a donated organ is not a marital asset to be divided.” 

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