Charlotte, NC (WBTV)
Panthers Tight End Greg Olsen talked with WBTV today, on camera, for the first time since his son T. J. underwent heart surgery for hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Kara Olsen, wife, delivered twins Talbot and T. J. last week, and their baby boy had surgery less than 48 hours later.
Olsen says the past week has been a hard week, but a good week, "he's responded really well to the multiple procedures that they've done, so we are very fortunate".
During this time the Charlotte community wanted to be there every step of the way, and Olsen was thankful for the amount of emails and letter to his home that he received, "it really is a special community I've said it since the day I got here, it's stinks that in bad times it really shows, but I knew it beforehand".
The Panthers also wanted Olsen to know they were there for him too, Steve Smith helped organize two months of meals for the family to eat every single night of the week, and the team volunteered to send food. Head Coach Ron Rivera, and Panthers owner Jerry Richardson were among many who came by the Olsen's home to show support.
"It's a really special group of people around here, a really well run organization as far as the people in place, right now we are a benefiting from it."
T. J. will remain under close watch at the Levine Children's Hospital intensive care unit. He will have another surgery in 6 months, and then at 3 years-old, T. J. will have his third surgery.