Clergy abuse survivor donates kidney

BOSTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts man in need of a kidney transplant turned to a network of survivors of clergy sexual abuse to find a kidney donor.

Phil Saviano of Roslindale found a compatible kidney by emailing thousands of men and women through the New England chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday. Saviano established and led the New England chapter for a decade.


Susan Pavlak, 55. of Minnesota, responded to Saviano and traveled to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston to give him one of her kidneys Wednesday.

"He is another member of the family of the harmed," Pavlak said, explaining why she would give a kidney to a man she had never met or even heard of.

Pavlak told the Globe she was molested by a former nun at a Catholic high school for about four years starting when she was just 16.

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