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