Please join us in sending wishes for a speedy recovery to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s pint-sized star, Erik Olson! The 3-year-old — who shares the role of Wiley with his twin brother, Theo — underwent surgery earlier this week. But according to his mom’s Instagram post and a series of Instagram stories, the tot is resting comfortably at home!
“Our sweet Erik had a big surgery this week!” the boys’ parents wrote on May 12. “We finally got to bring him home earlier this evening, but he still has a long recovery ahead of him. One cool thing about his hospital room is that it had an epic view of Prospect Studios [where GH tapes]! As a friend of ours said, ‘From one hospital to the next!’”
Although Erik’s parents didn’t divulge what kind of surgery their son had in order to protect his medical privacy, they did reveal in reply to comments of well-wishes that the operation was “a big one” and that he’s stable but in a lot of pain. “It’s been a terrible rollercoaster of emotions and exhaustion. He is so brave! But heartbreaking to watch him be in so much pain.”
In addition to the post updating the boys’ followers on Erik’s recovery, their parents shared several Instagram stories related to the surgery. In one slide, the twins were adorably dressed in white doctor coats as they performed an “operation” on one of their stuffed dogs. Several other slides showed how little Erik’s was “in great spirits” before his surgery and was “such a brave boy” as he was wheeled into the operating room.
The day after his surgery, the nurses cheered Erik on as he took his first tentative steps in the hospital hallway. “There were some really tough moments of intense pain,” his parents wrote in text on the slide, “but he was so brave! Everyone said he was their best patient.”
The car ride home was featured in another slide, in which Erik declared that “the doctors gave me magic medicine so you guys can hold me!” And the little boy’s reunion with his twin after three days apart — the longest they’d ever been separated! — was absolutely adorable as Theo gently hugged his brother and the boys were gifted with a LEGO Duplo set featuring their favorite Cars characters, Lightening McQueen and Mater!
We hope you are feeling better soon, Erik!