RETIRED COP’S KIDNEY TRANSPLANT A SUCCESS; ‘ANGEL’ DONOR ALSO RECOVERING WELL

BULLHEAD CITY SGT. MIKE NEWMAN NEEDED A MIRACLE; VOLUNTEER KELLIE BOFF SAVED HIS LIFE  

Mike Newman, a longtime Bullhead City police sergeant, and Kellie Boff, the Bullhead City Chamber of Commerce operations director, once were no better than strangers. Not anymore. Now, through Kellie’s selflessness, they’ve become friends for the rest of Mike’s life.

Boff, 43, donated a kidney to Newman, a 57-year-old police retiree suffering from end stage renal failure. Now, just days after the successful transplant surgery, both recipient and donor have agreed to sit down for follow up interviews with the Arizona media outlets who covered the story of this “angel” donation.

“I’m still in pain, but I’m doing great,” said Newman. “Kellie’s doing great, too. And I couldn’t be more grateful. She’s literally giving me the gift of life.”

Both are scheduled to be present and available for interviews on 10/24 at 11 am with a surgeon from Mayo, which handled the transplant, and the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, which has conducted ongoing fundraising to help cover Mike and Kellie’s out-of-pocket expenses.