Donated Kidney Isn't Marital Property, Court Rules

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A Long Island surgeon will not be getting a $1.5 million payout in his divorce. A New York court has ruled he is not entitled to claim the value of the kidney he had donated to his wife. The court said the kidney was a gift — during a presumably happier time in the marriage back in 2001. The court ruled that human organs may not be considered marital property.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A Long Island surgeon will not be getting a $1.5 million payout in his divorce. That's because a New York court ruled he's not entitled to claim the value of the kidney he donated to his wife. The court said the kidney was a gift, during a presumably happier time in the marriage back in 2001. The judge ruled that human organs could not be considered marital property and therefore not something that could be divided.

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