Greg Olsen’s 8-year-old son has successful heart transplant surgery

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TJ Olsen, the 8-year-old son of former NFL player Greg Olsen, successfully received a heart transplant on Friday.

“TJ is finished with surgery and is being transferred to the ICU. We won’t be able to see him for a few more hours but his doctors are very happy with the surgery. TJ will be sedated for a few days but his road to recovery has begun,” Olsen wrote on Twitter. “We also want to ask that everyone takes a second to pray for our donor family. Their selflessness during a tragic time gave our boy a chance at life. We don’t know who they are, but we will forever be grateful for everyday we get to have with TJ.”

Olsen and his wife found out when she was pregnant with TJ that he would be born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. TJ had three open-heart surgeries before his third birthday but had been relatively healthy until recently, when his heart began to fail.

Greg 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.

17 responses to “Greg Olsen’s 8-year-old son has successful heart transplant surgery

  1. God bless the Olson’s and the donor family. Best wishes to all moving forward. The donor family are angels on earth.

  2. Organ donations are one way we can all share the gift of life with other humans I highly suggest it I have been an organ donor in waiting since I turned 16 learned to drive it don’t cost anything to do it

  3. cma1973 says:
    June 5, 2021 at 7:27 am
    Everyone should be an organ donor. It saves countless lives.


    Hundreds if not thousands, even, when bone and tissue donation is factored in.

    Tiny little things like pieces of bone the size of TicTac candies do wonders every day.

  4. This little boy was touched by God. He will spend his life eating fist fulls of anti-rejection drugs and spend a lot of time getting biopsies and blood tests, but it’s a small price to pay for the gift of life. To the family of the donor, the lord has a special place in heaven for those folks. Nothing greater than the gift of life – and a heart transplant is truly a miracle. Enjoy your life, kiddo. The world is rooting for you.

  5. I’m very happy for TJ Olsen and very sad for the donor family who have lost their child. They must be wonderful people to think of others during a terribly sad time in their life. It’s also astonishing to see all the nice comments on this story “thumbed down.” Really????? 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

  6. It is ok to NOT donate your organs. Would I be grateful if I needed a heart and I received one, yes! However, the pressure put on families to donate organs, during a time of grief is a bit creepy, I bet.

  7. To all of those that gave a thumbs down to this incredible story,you should be ashamed of yourself. I give you all a thumbs down for being pathetic,souless,dehumanized beings.

  8. As a father that has a 1.5 year old that has had two open heart surguries, and more to come, this story really gets to me. I stood in a hospital looking across at a room of a child waiting for a heart to become available. It is a place i hope no parent has to ever be at. One family lost the fight, but gave the gift for another to continue. It is the hardest burden to bare, but watching someone else continue makes it worth it. It is life altering stuff for sure. Thank you for these doctors, and those that didnt make before them to learn about all these diseases/defects to help current people in need. Its just a house, its just football, its just money. Enjoy him/her whule you have them, you cant buy em back.

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