TV Q&A: What ever happened to that kid from 'The Blind Side'?

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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013 12:00 am

Question: Who was the young actor who portrayed S.J. in the movie “The Blind Side?” He was quite a delight. Did he stay in the acting field?

Answer: Jae Head, who played S.J. Tuohy in the drama starring Sandra Bullock, has had a dramatic life off-screen as well. The Abilene (Texas) Reporter News noted in 2011 that, “born without an aorta, which distributes oxygenated blood to the body, Jae was given a 25percent chance to live shortly after his birth on Dec. 27, 1996. ... Doctors rerouted Jae's bloodstream to where it bypassed his aorta. They also began a three-stage, three-year process of building an aorta, using his own pulmonary vein combined with body tissue from cadavers. Jae endured his first open-heart surgery when he was 2 months old and a second when he was 14 months old.”

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