Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Beware of Hubbies Bearing Kidneys


Cats don't believe in divorce. But then, they don't generally marry, so the issue is moot. Still, when I told the puddies this story, they could hardly believe their tufted ears.

Seems about a month ago (Sorry, I'm a little behind on my blogs....deadlines 'n things) the net was ablog with news of a lovesick doctor, who, in order to save his failing marriage, and his wife's life, donated his kidney....yes, you read right...his kidney to her when the wife's previous transplants failed.

After a successful surgery, the wife felt so good, she returned to her normal life with vigor....a little bit too much vigor her husband alleges. According to him, she began an affair with a therapist, although this is the husband's claim, and has yet to be substantiated. Still, the kicker is the two are now getting a divorce, and as part of the settlement, the hubby doesn't want the jewelry he gave her, or the living room set, or even the house back: He wants his kidney. And obviously, since that's not an option, he wants money instead...to the tune of over a million smackaroonies.

That's a lot of money, I thought, and it got me wondering if that's the price he would charge someone else, if assuming he could do the impossible and get his kidney back, he put it on the market on eBay? Or was that the "Revenge Price?" After all, the kidney is eight years older than when he donated it to his wife.

Then, of course, if the husband wins the suit, will that set a precedent, and will everyone who has ever received a donated kidney have to fear that the donate-ees will change their minds, track them down on FaceBook, and demand money? Is there no sort of release paper one signs that says "No returns, with or without receipt?" on these sorts of gifts. And if he were able to get his kidney back, would he "re gift" it if he fell in love and into a similar situation?
My mind swirling with these unanswerable questions, I turned to the puddies for an animal's perspective on the matter."Well, now, puddies," I questioned the babies after setting them up with this moral conundrum. "What three things can we learn from this?"
MacDuff thought a while, then he raised his paw excitedly.

"Don't be an Indian Giver," he said.
"Beware of husband's bearing kidneys, and....ah....
"be careful who you give your heart to on Valentine's Day."

I gave him two extra treats.

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