Greg Olsen says his 8-year-old son may need a heart transplant

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Former NFL tight end Greg Olsen has revealed that his 8-year-old son, who was born with a congenital heart condition, may need a transplant.

TJ Olsen’s heart is “reaching its end,” Greg Olsen revealed.

“This past week has been exceptionally challenging for our family,” Olsen wrote on Twitter. “As many of you know, our son TJ has faced serious heart issues since birth. TJ has already undergone 3 open heart surgeries and has survived with a modified heart for his first 8 years of life. Unfortunately, it seems his heart is reaching its end. We are currently working through the process to determine our next steps, which ultimately could lead to a heart transplant. We are so thankful for the incredible support we have received over the years. We have received world class care at Levine Children’s Hospital and we are so appreciative of their amazing team. We don’t know how long we will be within these hospital walls. We do know that we are in full control of our attitudes and our outlook. TJ has been a fighter since birth. We are going to get through this as a family and be better off as a result of this experience. Thanks for everyone’s prayers.”

Olsen played for the Bears from 2007 to 2010, the Panthers from 2011 to 2019 and the Seahawks in 2020 before announcing his retirement this year. Olsen‘s foundation donated $2.5 million to the pediatric cardiac center at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte in 2019.

7 responses to “Greg Olsen says his 8-year-old son may need a heart transplant

  1. Well, this is a story that was tough to read but I hope has a happy conclusion. I’m not a father, but I don’t think you need to be to feel for the young boys ordeal and wonder why such tough roads are given to those so young. I’m not a religious man but I hope many of us will have him in our thoughts, or prayers. Good luck Mr and Mrs Olsen, and good luck to you TJ may you get every rub of the green and bit of good luck that there is in this world as you find your way through this moment in what should be, a long happy life.

  2. I was also born w congenital heart disease and had open heart surgery at age 1 to correct it. Made it 34 years until I needed a heart transplant. It’s not a life sentence. I live a very healthy and happy life today. The key was having parents who never treated me differently or weak or fragile. Couldn’t pass a physical to play football but I played baseball and lifted weights my whole life. Still do. God bless Greg Olson and his son. It’s not easy but it’s not impossible either.

  3. Couldn’t imagine seeing my kid go through such a thing. Hope all turns out well.

  4. Not only does it suck that Olson’s family and his child are going through all this pain, it is that the new heart his child deservedly receives will only be possible after another one dies.

  5. To those of you who hit thumbs down on everything I do not understand you.

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