By writer to www.charlotteobserver.com
Former Panthers tight finish Greg Olsen says his son might have one other coronary heart transplant.
Olsen’s youngest son, TJ Olsen, was born with a congenital coronary heart defect in 2012. He has had three open-heart surgical procedures and has lived with a modified coronary heart for the previous eight years.
“Sadly, it appears his coronary heart is reaching its finish,” Olsen tweeted Monday. “We’re at present working via the method to find out our subsequent steps, which finally might result in a coronary heart transplant.”
Olsen performed for the Panthers from 2011 to 2019 earlier than taking part in the ultimate season of his profession with the Seahawks. He signed a one-day contract in March to retire as a Panther earlier this offseason.
His son, in addition to his different two youngsters, Tate and Talbot, have been at his retirement ceremony.
In 2013, the Olsens established a charitable basis, the HEARTest Yard to assist youngsters born with congenital coronary heart points just like T.J.’s. The muse has donated cash to the Levine Youngsters’s Hospital in order that pediatric coronary heart sufferers could be supplied house care and extra remedy as soon as they’re discharged from the hospital.
“We’re so grateful for the unimaginable assist now we have obtained over time,” Olsen tweeted. “Now we have obtained world class care at Levine Youngsters’s Hospital and we’re so appreciative of their superb workforce.
“We don’t know the way lengthy we might be inside these hospital partitions. We do know that we’re in full management of our attitudes and our outlook. TJ has been a fighter since start. We’re going to get via this as a household and be higher off because of this expertise.”