Posted on : 08-01-2009 | By : Frank Eliason | In : In the News, Personal
Tags: Richard Baptista
We have had our share of issues with doctors, but we never wanted their license to practice to be removed. For those that do not know the story of our Angel Gia, she passed away during a liver transplant surgery 2 months before her 4th birthday. Even though she passed away during a transplant surgery, I remain an advocate for organ donation. Today on my ride into work I heard a reference to Richard Batista wanting his ex-wife to return his kidney or pay him $1.5 million. The brief aspect of the story is Mr. Batista (a surgeon but I refuse to put Dr. before his name because he does not deserve it) donated his kidney to his wife in 2001. According to his statements, shortly after the transplant she started to have an affair. Mr. Batista filed for divorce in 2005, which is still ongoing.
Now we are in 2009 and Mr. Batista has decided that he would like to have his organ back or $1.5 million dollars. Doctors are supposed to abide by ethics. One I am sure you all have heard is that organs are not for sale. Doctors are supposed to be above board on all of this. Mr. Baptista, who I am sure is hurt by his wife’s actions, is being completely off base and is hurting his own profession. He should understand this well, but obviously missed that class. I believe he should have his license taken away for this ethical violations, and, truthfully, his poor judgement that will inevitably hurt organ donations for others that are in need.
Am I being oversensitive in this view?
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