*(Via LA Times) Tom Elliott spoke first. For days, he had been debating what to say when he finally met the mother of the man whose death had saved his life.

Elliott, 63, had once been tethered to an oxygen tank, too weak to walk to his mailbox, as a result of lung and pulmonary diseases. Now, as he stood stiffly in a hospital conference room this month, Elliott squeezed the hand of Carolyn Glaspy.

“I’m the lung recipient,” he said finally.

Glaspy fought back tears. At the same Charlotte hospital 11 months earlier, her son, NFL wide receiver Chris Henry, 26, had been declared brain dead after being thrown from the back of a pickup.

Her decision to donate his organs would forge an irrevocable bond with four families. Now they were finally meeting face to face, an extraordinary rendezvous in the recent history of organ donations. Normally donors are anonymous, but Glaspy longed to meet the recipients whose replenished lives promised redemption for her lost son.

Read the rest of this story at the LA Times.

Carolyn Glaspy, mother of former NFL player Chris Henry, stands with (from back left) James Benton, Brian Polk, Tom Elliott and Donna Arnold. The four received organs from Henry, who died from injuries related to falling from the back of a pickup truck in Dec. 2009. (John W. Adkisson - For The Times)

Video: Chris Henry Story Causes CBS’ ‘NFL Today’ Anchor James Brown to Breakdown

*On Thursday, the “NFL Today” pre-game show also did a segment on the Chris Henry organ donor story after which, James Brown, the program’s anchor, became visibly emotional.

Boomer Esiason then took over the segment, and shared his experiences as the father of a cystic fibrosis patient, before getting a little misty-eyed himself.  Watch: