Greg Olsen’s son TJ has a successful heart transplant
Greg Olsen’s 8-year-old son TJ underwent a successful heart transplant on Friday, eight days after he was put on the transplant list.
On Friday morning, the former NFL tight end announced TJ’s impending operation via social media:
Olsen then provided an update, saying the doctors “are very happy” with TJ’s surgery. He also thanked the family of the person whose heart was used in the operation:
We also want to ask that everyone take a second to pray for our donor family. Their selflessness during a tragic time gave our boy a chance to live. We don’t know who they are, but we will always be grateful for all the days we have with Tj
❤️ Olsen family
– Greg Olsen (@ gregolsen88) June 4, 2021
Olsen’s latest update arrived three hours later via Instagram, thanking everyone who has supported him and his family nationwide.
Olsen said on May 24 that his son’s heart was “Reaching its end”, and that the family was considering options, including putting TJ on a transplant list.
TJ was born in 2012 with left heart syndrome, a congenital disease, which affects normal blood flow in the heart. He lived with a “modified heart” for most of his life and had already had four cardiac surgeries – including three open heart surgeries before the age of 3 – before the installation of a pacemaker.
Shortly after the birth of TJ and his twin sister Talbot in 2012, Olsen and his wife Kara founded The HEARTest court – a foundation that provides personalized home health care to Levine’s children with congenital heart disease – to help families in situations similar to theirs. The Olsens too donated $ 2.5 million at the Levine Heart Care Center in Charlotte, NC, which opened in December 2020.
TJ has been treated there by doctors since it opened.