The Robot That Performed My Kidney Transplant Declined to Be Interviewed

But Michelle’s autoimmune disease would eventually necessitate more transplants. A new donor from within her family was unlikely and not recommended by her doctors. Michelle had to hope for an “altruistic donor” to come along while she waited on the national transplant list.

Michelle is not a person who is resigned to waiting passively. Over the same 10 years, she had earned two degrees and started working at The A.P. She, too, had joined Twitter and found a home in the news nerd community.

Eighteen months ago, her donated kidney dropped into the warning area for kidney function. To Michelle, this meant it was time to crowdsource herself a new kidney. She rallied friends and fellow news nerds to help her set up a website and survey to…

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