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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The son of retired Carolina Panthers tight finish Greg Olsen on Monday gave a touching thanks from his hospital mattress to all those that have supported him throughout his coronary heart transplant.
“Hello all people,” 8-year-old TJ Olsen stated in a 12-second video posted by his father on social media. “Thanks for considering of me. Thanks for praying with me. We love you guys, bye.”
TJ acquired his new heart on Friday, eight days after occurring the transplant checklist and two weeks after coming into the hospital together with his failing coronary heart.
His father has given updates all through the method, saying over the weekend docs had been capable of shut TJ’s chest and “all early indicators have been optimistic.”
With every message the three-time Professional Bowl choice has offered photos and private perception on what TJ and his household have gone via, reminding continually that TJ “is a fighter.”
“In the present day is a day of blended feelings,” Olsen wrote Friday. “A day we’ve got 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.
“Strolling our little our little boy [to surgery], with tears of hope and worry in our eyes, was one of many hardest moments of our lives. We ask for everybody’s prayers for TJ and his superb group of docs and nurses.”
TJ was born in 2012 with a congenital coronary heart defect that required 4 surgical procedures, together with three open-heart procedures and the set up of a pacemaker.
On Might 24, Olsen announced in a series of posts that TJ’s coronary heart was “reaching its finish” and that “in the end might result in a transplant.”
A number of days later they started the search.
“TJ has an extended highway forward of him, however in the present day is a large step ahead,” Olsen wrote. “From the underside of our hearts, thanks for the outpouring of assist via the journey.”
Olsen and his spouse, Kara, started the HEARTest Yard initiative shortly after the start of TJ and his twin sister, Talbot, to lift cash for much less lucky households going via disaster like theirs.
They’ve donated thousands and thousands to that and to the constructing of a 25,000-square foot facility at Levine Kids’s Hospital in Charlotte often called the “HEARTest Yard Congenital Coronary heart Heart.”
TJ’s has been within the care of docs on the facility since.
“We do not know the way lengthy we will likely be inside these hospital partitions,” Olsen wrote in his preliminary put up. “We do know that we’re in full management of our attitudes and our outlook.”
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