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Jennifer Heisler, RN

Chris Henry's Donation Story Leaves James Brown, Dan Marino In Tears

By November 27, 2010

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Why were football commentators in tears on Thanksgiving Day? They watched the touching true story of Chris Henry, a professional football player with the Cincinnati Bengals, and the lives he touched as an organ donor.

See the story (video) shown on CBS here:  Chris Henry's Legacy Lives On

Once a bad boy of football, Chris Henry seemed to be turning his life around when he was was gravely injured in an auto accident in 2009 and quickly progressed to brain death.  The CBS special talked about how Carolyn Lee Henry Glaspy, Chris' mother, made the decision to donate his organs. The special, shown on CBS, didn't just talk to Chris' mother, four of the recipients, whose lives were saved by organ transplants, also spoke about the gift of life.

Chris Henry donated his corneas (eyes), heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas.  He saved the lives of four people.

Dan Marino, James Brown, Shannon Sharpe were speechless as they watched along with viewers, leaving Boomer Esiason to do the talking. Boomer has his own connection with donation, as one of his children has cystic fibrosis and may eventually need a lung transplant.

The special will be shown again on Sunday evening during 60 Minutes.

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November 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm
(1) Tony says:

I used this story as part of my unit on organ donation in my Health Classes. The results of what Chris Henry did through the loving kindness of his mother made a big impact on the students.


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