Last week I made this blog post about Mike Patterson, a good Samaritan who broke his neck after diving in a river to save a four-year-old girl from drowning. Mike broke his neck in three places, severing his spinal cord, and became paralyzed from the chest down as a result of the trauma.
A few days after the accident Mike was conscious and doing well enough to be taken off of the ventilator that was breathing for him, but then experienced setbacks when he developed pneumonia and some other complications. I'm saddened to say that Mike passed away early yesterday morning. My heart goes out to his family, especially his nine-year-old son.