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Retired officer thanks donor for lifesaving kidney

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Kelly, Mike, and Janet Kelly, Mike, and Janet

A retired Bullhead City Police officer has gotten a new lease on life, thanks to another Bullhead City employee.

Kelly Boff has only one kidney now. The other is a gift to Mike Newman.

"She saved my husband's life," says Janet, Mike's wife.

Mike was on dialysis three times a week.

"He was end stage renal failure on both kidneys, he called the dialysis center the torture chamber," says Janet.

Kelly Boff didn't know Mike, but heard about his medical condition and signed up to help.

"One thing lead to another and the next thing you know you are a match," says Boff.

The transplant surgeries were a week ago today and both patients are up and around and feeling good.

Mike will have to stay at the Mayo Clinic for a few more weeks, but Kelly is heading back to Bullhead City.

"The rewards of knowing that you have just helped someone, and I can function just fine for the rest of my life with one kidney," says Boff.

Mike is ready to cartwheel across the carpet. He is so happy.

"I'm just blessed, I can't say any more than that," says Mike.

The Newmans call Kelly a family member and an angel. Both Kelly and Mike hope their story encourages others to become kidney donors.

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