Elliott's kidney transplant a success

February, 13, 2013
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Notre Dame safeties coach Bob Elliott returned home Tuesday following a successful kidney transplant Feb. 6, the school announced Wednesday.

Elliott's sister Betsy, the donor, is healing at home in Dublin, Ohio.

Notre Dame says Elliott is recovering nicely, working from home and hopes to return to the office soon.

From the release:
Bob and Joey would love for all to know how grateful they are to the team at the Mishawaka Fresenius Clinic and Dr. Porile who made this year successful for Bob. They were in great hands with Dr. Goggins and Dr. Powelson at IU University Hospital in Indianapolis, as they were the team that performed the transplant and will now direct Bob and Betsy's recovery. They feel they benefited from world class expertise all along the way.

The kidney transplant capped a whirlwind year for the first-year Irish coach, as SI.com's Pete Thamel illustrated in an article last month that detailed the off-the-field extracurriculars surrounding Elliott.

I sat down with Elliott last April shortly after he was hired at Notre Dame for a story about the health obstacles he has had to overcome throughout his 30-plus-year coaching career. It has been anything but a conventional path for Elliott, who has stared death in the face, but has thrived in his profession.

Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.

Matt Fortuna | email

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