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Olsen's Wife Set to Give Birth Via C-Section on Tuesday

NFL player's unborn son T.J. was diagnosed with a rare heart defect.

Kara Olsen is scheduled to deliver twins via C-section on Tuesday, Panthers.com reported on Friday.

Kara is thte wife of Greg Olsen, a tight end with the Panthers and son of Wayne Hills football coach Chris Olsen.

The male twin, whom the Olsens have named T.J., was diagnosed with a rare heart defect, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), after it was discovered during a routine ultrasound.

T.J. will endure open heart surgery in the first week of his life.

About 75 percent of individuals diagnosed with the condition survive.

T.J. stands for Trent Jerry. He is named after Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. He asked the Olsens if he could accompany them to Boston to meet with doctors about T.J.'s condition. He has offered the family his unswerving support throughout the ordeal.

"At the time of the biggest need of our lives, the hardest thing our family has ever had to deal with, somebody who up to that point I just had a business relationship with went out of his way like that," Olsen told Panthers.com.

Olsen founded Receptions For Research and the Kicks for a Cure Kickball Tournament, the world’s largest charity kickball tournament. Both raise money for cancer research. His mother Sue is a breast cancer survivor. 

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karis October 09, 2012 at 05:23 PM
BOB, you have obviously never had a child endure open heart surgury. It is probably the scariest moment in my entire life when I found out my child who was 2 at the time would have to have not one but 2 and more in the future. For a newborn child the risks are greater. Not to mention HLHS is a very complicated surgury to repair. There are many heart groups out there and we all have one goal to promote research for all heart defects and give them a face so people will realize this isn't such a rare case. Heart defects are poorly underfunded in research compared to pediatric cancers. Thank you Daniel Hubbard for doing this story. I hope you will do a followup as well after little TJ's surgury.
Albert October 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
This is ridiculous. Regardless of how you feel about Coach Olsen. Me, not a fan at all. Thought he was a big part of this town being ripped in two, It is sad that people will rip apart the rest of his family. When his son got hurt and had to miss part of the season, there were people actually excited. Now people bashing the fact that they have a story about the sad story about Greg's family. If you do not want to know about any of the Olsen's/ DONT CLICK ON THE LINK TO READ THE STORY. To the entire Olsen family, my best wishes and prayers are with you.
Anna Lisa October 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I don't think there are too many things worse than worrying about a sick child. I pray for the Coach's grandson and for sick babies and children everywhere.
Anna Lisa October 16, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Do you really wish for children to be in pain? I get your point--you want these people to learn some empathy--but I don't think you wish for anyone to have a sick child.
paul r October 26, 2012 at 07:34 PM
The "hick" network ESPN has also reported on this, as has the "hick" publication The Sporting News. I would think if it's news at that level it's also news in Greg's home town. If you don't want to read it don't click on it. Easy, except for the obsessed.

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