Greg Olsen’s newborn son doing well after surgery
Oct/14/12 10:13 PM Filed in: Greg Olsen
The newborn son of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is doing well following open-heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect.
T.J. Olsen underwent successful surgery Thursday at Levine Children’s Hospital – the first of three scheduled surgeries before his third birthday. Greg Olsen told the Observer on Friday that T.J.’s first 24 hours after the day-long procedure had gone well.
The first surgery is the most invasive and has the most risks.
“If he stays on this path they can close up his chest Sunday, which is another big step,” Olsen said via text message.
Kara Olsen delivered twins by Caesarian section Tuesday – a daughter, Talbot, and T.J., who was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome during Kara’s 18th week of pregnancy. The condition, more prevalent among males, is marked by an underdeveloped left ventricle and aorta, causing the right side of the heart to overcompensate if left untreated.
Olsen said the family brought Talbot home from the hospital Friday. The Olsens also have a 16-month-old-son named Tate.
“Got to bring my baby girl home today to meet his big brother!!” Olsen posted on his Twitter feed Friday night. “Heading back to hospital to see my buddy. Bittersweet day.”
Olsen also tweeted about the support his family has received.
“Thank u all for the amazing support and prayers for my family,” he tweeted. “You have helped us thru this nightmare. Our boy is a fighter.”