Via HuffPo reports:
A Georgia dad who became paralyzed after saving a little girl from drowning is now fighting for his life — and for a way to pay his mounting medical bills.
Michael Patterson, 43, dove headfirst into a creek on Saturday when he noticed 4-year-old Javaeh Jones struggling to stay afloat. The heroic dad hit his head, broke his neck and severed his spinal cord in the process, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down, according to his fundraising page.
The father, whose own son was at the scene, is currently being treated at Emory Hospital, but doesn’t have medical insurance since he had just begun a new contracting job right before the accident, WSBTV reported. His friends and family are looking to generous donors to contribute to his online fund, which collected nearly $8,0000 as of press time.
Pledges and words of encouragement have been flooding Patterson’s Facebook page.
Patterson’s devastated mother, Vickie Jones Roberson, has remained by her son’s bedside since the accident, and said she feels heartened by the outpouring of support she’s received.
“I did not realize that there was still kindness in this world like there is,” Roberson told WSBTV. “I kind of thought the world had grown cold until this happened to my son.”
Javaeh emerged from the incident unscathed and her mother said that that she is grateful for Patterson’s selflessness.
“He’s a God-send basically,” Jones, who has no relation to Patterson’s mom, told myfoxatlanta.com. “He was there. He was supposed to have been there.”
Wow! The man is a hero, but the American way of health care is a shame. Until we have a sane, single payer system, we will continue with the “bake sale” approach. We never want to see another “bake sale” for a child with cancer or a man who risked his life for a little girl. All should get the care they need from our health care system.
To donate to the Mike Patterson Trust click HERE