Panthers' Olsen pushing for legislation aimed at helping newborns

Panthers' Olsen pushing for legislation aimed at helping newborns

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by DOUG KUFNER / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:53 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was in Raleigh Tuesday, pushing lawmakers for change when it comes to healthcare and newborns.

Olsen addressed members of the House of Representatives, urging them to vote on a bill that would make pulse oximetry tests mandatory for newborns. The test measures the amount of oxygen levels in the baby's blood.

Olsen's youngest son, T.J., was born in October of last year with a heart defect called hypo plastic left heart syndrome. He had surgery the day after he was born and will require further surgeries.

Lawmakers will vote on the bill on the house floor, where it is expected to pass. It would still need Senate approval before Governor McCrory can sign it into law.

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