Scott Ellingson to Speak at MeritCares Organ and Tissue Donation Event
Ellingson, 50, was diagnosed with diabetes when he was a child. In December 2002, he underwent a kidney transplant; in March 2003, he underwent a second transplant, this time to receive a pancreas. Both transplants were performed by MeritCare transplant surgeon Dr. Bhargav Mistry.
Over the past three years, Ellingson has given a number of talks. As he says, after receiving the gift of life not once, but twice, "the least I can do is look for opportunities to talk about the importance of organ donation and transplants."
Ellingson needed a kidney transplant because periodic checkups indicated his kidney function had declined to a level that allowed him to be on the regional waiting list for a deceased donor kidney. Even with the kidney transplant, he still had diabetes, which involves the pancreas. Once he received his new pancreas, he no longer had to inject himself with four-times-daily insulin or watch his diet as carefully as he once did.
Ellingson, director of admissions for Concordia College, is married and has two sons.