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T.J. Olsen Has 'Long and Unpredictable' Road Ahead

Infant had 'successful' heart surgery to correct a life-threatening defect.

T.J. Olsen, the infant son of Greg Olsen, is doing well, but the surgeon who performed the open-heart surgery cautioned that the infant’s recovery would be “long and unpredictable,” the Herald Oline.com reported.

T.J. was born Oct. 9 with a condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The left side of the 1-week-old’s heart never fully developed while the baby was in utero. He was diagnosed when he was in utero. T.J. and his sister Talbot were born via C-section earlier this month.

T.J.’s twin sister Talbot was brought home a few days ago.

According to the Herald, T.J. will have two more surgeries by the time he turns 6 yeas old.

“Little T.J. just had his chest closing surgery. Another big step on his road to recovery,” Olsen tweeted on Monday.

Olsen is the son of Wayne Hills football coach Greg Olsen. He is a tight end with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

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