TV host Ellen DeGeneres surprised a Minnesota family in a segment airing today on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Ellen patched in a live shot with Stacey Elsenpeter, of Andover, and her three children: Zachary, Austin and Kylie. Elsenpeter jumped up and down upon seeing DeGeneres on her computer screen, shouting “This is not real!”
The single mom spoke with Ellen about Zach’s medical troubles. He was born with kidney failure and has had more than 70 surgeries. Elsenpeter couldn’t donate her own kidney to Zach because they were not a match, so she joined a kidney-parent exchange.
Elsenpeter wound up donating her kidney to a stranger, and three years later, another stranger donated to Zach.
Now 13, Zach told Ellen, “I’m feeling awesome, ever since I got that kidney.”
Correspondent Jeannie was on site in Andover, shivering outside Elsenpeter’s home in a winter coat.
But Ellen already knew about the weather in Minnesota. Her wife, actress …