Man Paralyzed While Saving Young Girl Has Died
Michael Patterson 'succumbed to his injuries' this morning
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2013 3:25 PM CDT
Mike Patterson.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – The saddest of codas to the story of Mike Patterson, who was paralyzed from the waist down after hitting his head in an attempt to save a Georgia girl from drowning: The 43-year-old has died, reports MyFoxAtlanta. It picks up a post that appeared on the Friends of Mike Patterson Facebook page today that reads, in part, "After a valiant battle, Mike succumbed to his injuries and related complications early this morning. Mike's family was by his side at the time of his death."

The post explains that Patterson never left the intensive care unit of a Rome, Georgia, hospital where, in addition to paralysis, he struggled with respiratory acidosis, pneumonia, a bacterial infection, and a blood clot. Click for more on Patterson's heroic effort, or how you can help.

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Jul 1, 2013 4:17 PM CDT
What a sad story, but I'm so moved by this man's courage and instinct to act when another is in peril. My husband's father drowned while saving him after he slipped and fell in a lake they'd visited regularly a few days before his 11th birthday. If not for that selfless act, I would not have met and married such an amazing Father and Husband. I hope the little 4 year-old girl (which is also the age of our daughter) grows up to make a difference in this cynical, violent world of ours and forever remembers the sacrifice made in her honor.
Jun 30, 2013 1:27 AM CDT
Thank you Mike
Jun 29, 2013 1:25 PM CDT
what greater thing can a man do other than to give is life to save anothers.. MAY OUR.FATHER BLESS HIM FOR DOING HIS WORK....his rewards will be many , I am sure.