Mike Patterson, the good Samaritan who saved the life of a young girl, has died. The 43-year-old Georgia man died of injuries he sustained while saving the life of a 4-year-old Javea Jones.
On June 8, Mike and his son Cole were spending time together near Euharlee Creek in Rockmart, Georgia. Their afternoon together turned tragic when they heard a little girl scream.
As reported by Today.com, Mike realized that the little girl was in Euharlee Creek, and she was drowning. Without a second thought, Mike dove into the creek to save the girl’s life.
As the situation was desperate, Mike misjudged the depth of the creek. He slammed his head into creek bed. The impact broke his neck and severed his spinal cord. Mike immediately lost all control and feeling in both legs and one arm.
Despite his serious impairment, Mike managed to find Javea and take her safely to the shore.
He made the ultimate sacrifice to save the life of a little girl. Mike Patterson has now died as the result of injuries sustained.
Mike’s friends and family posted the following message on the Friends of Mike Patterson Facebook page:
“We pray for a peace that surpasses all understanding. We find comfort and solace in knowing that Mike is whole and healthy again, walking in the Kingdom.”
Following the accident, Mike spent 20 days in intensive care. He suffered numerous complications including a bacterial infection, respiratory acidosis, and a blood clot.
Mikes friends and family report that he passed peacefully with his family by his side.
As Mike was uninsured, his friends created the Friends of Mike Patterson Trust. Donations will be used to cover expenses and to assist his family, including his 9-year-old son Cole.
Mike Patterson made the ultimate sacrifice to save a life. He will always be remembered as a hero.
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