From any perspective, Mike Patterson is a hero.
Patterson was paralyzed from the neck down after he hit his head when diving into the water and helped save a four year old girl from drowning.
Mike never recovered from his injuries and a post on his Facebook page says "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."
Patterson hit his head on rocks in the shallow, fast moving river and began floating down the river.
To make matters worse, Patterson’s nine year old son watched it all happen.
Doctors in Rome, Georgia point out the incident left Patterson with a blood clot, respiratory acidosis, a bacterial infection, and pneumonia.
Patterson didn’t have health insurance, a fund has been established to help with expenses. You can find the site here.