WAYNE, NJ – TJ Olsen, the 8-year-old son of former Wayne Hills Excessive College and NFL tight finish, Greg Olsen had profitable coronary heart transplant surgical procedure this weekend and the Olsen household is feeling grateful.
TJ’s congenital coronary heart defect was detected earlier than he was born. He suffered from hypoplastic left coronary heart syndrome which impairs regular blood via the guts. TJ’s first open-heart surgical procedure was days after his delivery, and he had three in whole earlier than his third birthday.
Since then, TJ has been residing a comparatively wholesome life with a modified coronary heart. However final month Greg Olson introduced that this coronary heart was failing too.
“Sadly, it appears his coronary heart is reaching its finish,” stated Greg on Twitter. “We’re at present working via the method to find out our subsequent steps, which finally might result in a coronary heart transplant.”
In simply eight days of being on the guts donor record, a match was discovered.
“Day 8- Immediately is a day of blended feelings,” Olsen tweeted. “A day we have now prayed for has arrived. We had been alerted final night time that there was a donor match for TJ to obtain his coronary heart transplant.”
On June 4, TJ underwent the profitable surgical procedure to switch his coronary heart. The eight-year-old was “sedated for just a few days” after the surgical procedure, in keeping with a tweet from his father.
“TJ is completed with surgical procedure and is being transferred to the ICU,” Olsen tweeted Friday night. “We received’t be capable to see him for just a few extra hours however his medical doctors are very pleased with the surgical procedure. TJ can be sedated for just a few days however his highway to restoration has begun.”
Then on June 7, Olsen posted a video of his son awake in a hospital mattress saying whats up and expressing gratitude.
With the hiss of oxygen flowing via his nostril, monitor wires sticking to his chest and IV flowing into his hand, the younger warrior stated in a weak voice, “Hello everyone. Thanks for pondering of me, and thanks for praying with me.” He put his hand over his coronary heart as he stated, “We love you guys.”
The donor whose coronary heart now beats in TJ’s chest is unknown, however the Olsen household despatched out a tweet to the donor’s household, whoever they’re.
“To our beneficiant angel donor, we don’t know who you might be or the place you lived. However know that bc of your selflessness, our son TJ may have an opportunity at life. We pray your loved ones finds peace and possibly someday our paths shall cross.”
Greg and his spouse Kara additionally despatched out their appreciation for everybody who supported them during the last month.
“Our hearts are full tonight,” they stated in a tweet. “The love and assist we have now obtained from everywhere in the nation has introduced unbelievable energy to my household throughout this troublesome instances. The texts, calls, tweets, hashtags, tshirts, and so forth. We hear you, and we really feel your [love].”
The previous Wayne Hills Excessive College athlete has shaped a basis to assist households of kids with coronary heart defects. It’s known as the HEARTest Yard. In keeping with their website, the muse gives “a variety of providers, together with in-home non-public nursing care, bodily remedy and speech remedy, at no cost to households. This system finally goals to assist stop youngsters’s issues from congenital coronary heart illness and enhance their long-term well being.”
If you want to donate to this basis, click here.
Play for TJ shirts can be found to buy and all proceeds to the HEARTest Yard. Click here to purchase one.