Life follows from death, bringing gratitude with itWhen NFL player Chris Henry died, his mother knew he would want to help others live. Now four people he never met are thankful.
By Mark Washburnmwashburn@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010
Good things can come from bad things, a thought worth remembering on this day of thanks.
Two people in the Charlotte area are holding that close today. A visiting NFL player who died here 11 months ago lives on in them. A fateful phone call
On Dec. 16, 2009, authorities were called to Oakdale Road in Charlotte. Chris Henry, 26, a Cincinnati Bengals receiver, had fallen from the bed of a pickup driven by his fiancee, Loleini Tonga, during a domestic dispute.
Gravely injured, Henry was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center.
Authorities reached his mother, Carolyn Glaspy, in Cincinnati. She caught a flight for Charlotte. She got to the hospital about 10:30 p.m.
By then, Henry was unconscious and in neurological decline.
"I didn't know it would be my last time seeing my baby. That was one of the hardest days of my life I'll ever have," she says.