February 13, 2019
Michael Kelly of Tonganoxie, seated, gathers with his kidney donor, at left, Deb Simmons of Lawrence, and Kelly's surgeon, Dr. Mikel Prieto, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Kelly successfully received one of Simmons' kidneys on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
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Michael Kelly has two Valentines this year in a February he likely never will forget. The Tonganoxie attorney, who has battled kidney problems much of his life, successfully accepted a donated kidney from Deb Simmons of Lawrence last week. Kelly, who had been on dialysis for years and had to have a hand amputated due to other health issues, said he felt like a new person after his five-hour surgery Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.