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Paralyzed Father Dies a Hero, After Saving Four Year Old Girl From Drowning
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Paralyzed Father Dies a Hero, After Saving Four Year Old Girl From Drowning

When someone's life is at risk, such as this four year girl Javaeh Jones on June 8th as she struggled to stay a float in a Lake in Rockmart, Georgia; most of us would not be thinking that while saving her from drowning that will we be spending the rest of our lives in a wheelchair. But this sometimes does happen, even to the best of us.

On June 8th, Mike Patterson was at the same lake in Rockmart, Georgia, with his son. He looked up and he saw this girl struggling for her life. Reacting fast, his first impulse was to save her. After he dove into the lake, he suffered a severed spinal cord injury in route to pulling her out.

Both Javaeh and Mike were rushed to the hospital. She did not suffer any injuries and is very thankful that Mike saved her life. Meanwhile Mike was paralized. On Thursday. June 25, Mike passed away from complications from his injuries with his family at his side.

With all this said, Javaeh and her family have her life to be thankful for as Michael Paterson passed away a hero. Had the doctors been able to safe Mike's life, there are no certain answers to a spinal cord injury and the recovery from it. When major organs close down because they can't receive nerve responces or can't be re-routed in surgery to receive them usually the result is death.

Javaeh's family believes that they were blessed and that Mike was meant to be there that day while they are sadden of his loss and want to help.  While I couldn't even imagine how the Paterson's are feeling. Or how Javaeh will go about her life knownign that someone died saving her and his family has a loss.

Yes, Michael Paterson did die a Hero. I'm just saddened that he suffered a spinal cord injury and died from the complications. We need more medical advancements here.

The Patterson Family is collecting donations to help them pay his hospital Bills at http://www.gofundme.com/38wy4s.

All comments are welcomed.

Pic: Compliments of The Patterson Family

Ref: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/mike-patterson-dead_n_3517786.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

 

 

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  1. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Correction: Mike Patterson passed away Friday June 28.
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  2. Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Voted. He truly is a hero. How exactly did he sustain his spinal injury? From the dive itself or on route to the shore? I remember doing the same for somebody - only it was a small river somewhere in the island of Mindoro. Threw my glasses on the ground and swam like I knew how to - and I didn't, just knew how to float and waddle like a duck.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      No one said how Mike sustained the injury. I don't think that they know. I would guess that it could have came from the dive into the water and maybe fully didn't take effect to after the shock was over with, after he pulled the girl to the shore. The mind does really extreme things when it has power to ride to over the top of shock or an emergency. In this case the girl was saved.
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      1. Daniel Andrei Garcia
        Daniel Andrei Garcia
        Adrenaline kicks in and that split second decision to do what is needed comes into play. Happy for the girl. Sorry for the kid who lost his father
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