Survivor Stories: Murphey Coy and Kim Richardson (#419)
A heart-transplant patient and a survivor of childhood abuse share their stories in separate interviews. Murphey Coy, a University of Kentucky student, talks about his participation in the American Heart Associationís Central Kentucky Heart Walk just 49 days after his March 2009 heart transplant. Author Kim Richardson discusses her memoir chronicling the abuse she experienced growing up in a rural Roman Catholic orphanage in Anchorage, Ky.
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In the first interview on the program, Murphey Coy recalls receiving the unexpected diagnosis of life-threatening heart disease just as he was preparing for college. He discusses his decision to come to the University of Kentucky for treatment, efforts to raise thousands of dollars with his friends and family for the American Heart Association, and how his outlook on life has changed since his diagnosis.
Then, in a separate interview, author Kim Richardson talks about her book The Unbreakable Child: A Story About Forgiving the Unforgivable, which details the brutal abuses the children suffered at the hands of the nuns, priests, and employees who ran the rural Kentucky orphanage where she grew up. Richardson and 44 former orphans were the first in U.S. history to receive a monetary settlement from a Roman Catholic order of nuns, arising out of decades of institutional abuse. She talks about why she wrote the book, what a typical day at the orphanage was like, and how she survived.