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After nationwide search, Brentwood resident finds kidney donor close to home

Brentwood resident Michael Smalley looked for a kidney donor across several states. His donor will be Kim Gawrys, who also lives in Brentwood. / Photo courtesy of Julie Smalley By MATT BLOIS After searching across the country, a Brentwood resident who needs a kidney transplant found a donor close to home. Michael Smalley grew up in Brentwood and now works in Information Technology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Smalley has lupus and has been sick since he was about 18. Last fall, his kidneys suddenly failed. His wife, Julie Smalley, said he ended up in an intensive care unit. “Our world just stopped and turned upside down in a moment,” she said. “We weren't prepared. We knew one day his

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