ROME, GEORGIA USA, July 15, 2013 "” On July 14, 2013, the co-trustees of the Friends of Mike Patterson Trust met to discuss the Trust's fundraising efforts. It was the unanimous determination of the co-trustees that the Friends of Mike Patterson Trust should bring its fundraising efforts to an end.
After Mike's accident on June 8, 2013, the public rallied to aid Mike in his time of need. After Mike's passing on June 28, 2013, the public continued to give donations to the Trust for the purpose of paying Mike's funeral expenses and helping Mike's heirs.
With Mike's passing, the primary goal of the co-trustees became helping Mike's son, Cole. It is the unanimous opinion of the co-trustees that the Trust has secured the assets necessary to make a significant positive impact on Cole's journey to adulthood.
Each day, the co-trustees are reminded that there are an endless number of great causes seeking donations from benevolent givers, and there is a very limited supply of givers. We understand that we must strive to be good stewards of the goodwill of our community.
We are extremely appreciative for the outpouring of support from the public. Thank you for your support of Mike and his son. We will forever be grateful for the donations that you made to help ensure financial security for Mike, and in the aftermath of Mike's death, Cole.
Friends of Mike Patterson Trust
210 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 205
Rome, Georgia 30161
+1 (678) 883-8233
(This has always been one of my favorite inspirational parables. The preacher read it at Mike's funeral this afternoon. Very apropos. Something for all of us to think about...)
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water. He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean." The old man smiled, and said, "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, "It made a difference for that one."
This is THE ONLY APPROVED GoFundMe site for Mike Patterson, created by Friends of Mike Patterson Trust. Apparently, others have been created by copying our pictures & verbiage. THESE OTHERS ARE NOT APPROVED BY THE TRUST OR THE FAMILY! It breaks my heart to think that people are trying to take advantage of the kindness and generosity Mike Patterson inspired in others. So sad.
Good Samaritan Mike Patterson Succumbed to His Injuries Early This Morning - Mike Patterson Passed With Family By His Side
by Friends Of Mike Patterson (Notes) on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 1:21am
ROME, GEORGIA USA, June 28, 2013 "” It is with great regret and sorrow we announce that good Samaritan, Mike Patterson, passed away early this morning, as confirmed by Brian Meadows, Mike's brother.
On June 8, 2013, Mike Patterson, age 43, severed his spinal cord after he dove into Euharlee Creek in Rockmart, Georgia to save a stranger's child from drowning. Mike was left paralyzed by his effort, and Mike's own son, age 9, witnessed the accident from the shoreline.
Since the accident, Mike has been in an intensive care unit in a Rome, Georgia hospital. In addition to paralysis, he has battled respiratory acidosis, pneumonia, a bacterial infection and a blood clot. With friends and family by his side daily-- and more than 60,000 people sending prayers, messages of hope and support through social media sites globally-- Mike fought hard for 20 days trying to overcome medical challenges.
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.
Mike's spirit and selfless actions inspired tens of thousands who sent cards, letters and emails and engaged in posts at the Friends of Mike Patterson Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/Friendsofmikepatterson). His life and the lives of others are forever changed by his courageous, split-second decision to save another's life. Mike's tragic story made news headlines around the globe. His heroic act stirred an outpouring of emotion and a desire to help Mike in his time of need. His caring nature will forever be honored.
At this time, funeral or any other arrangements are not known. The Friends of Mike Patterson Trust will post additional information as it becomes available. Please keep Mike's family and friends in your prayers.
Friends of Mike Patterson Trust
210 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 205
Rome, Georgia 30161
+1 (678) 883-8233
"Mike was smiling today....and I felt good today for the first time," said Vickie, Mike's mom, during a phone call this afternoon. Despite suffering from respitorial acidosis, continuing to fight a bacterial infection and a blood clot in his right arm, there is good news to report tonight: Mike's lungs "look a little better", and thanks to a cooling pad, Mike's temperature has become more stabilized. Though he is still on a ventilator, Mike is beginning to breathe some on his own! But, perhaps the MOST ENCOURAGING news involves Mike's right leg. While a physical therapist was bending his right leg earlier, Mike mouthed "Ouch". According to Vickie, the therapist's eyes "got real big"! The therapist bent Mike's right leg again and asked, "Can you feel that?" MIKE NODDED! Praise God! Your thoughts, prayers, stories of hope and triumph, your mere presence with us throughout Mike's journey, all of these have made such a difference for us, for Mike's family and friends and for Mike himself. Thank you! Mike still has a very long way to go in his recovery, but for today, we have so much to be grateful for, and we will rejoice!
Mike's mother, Vickie Jones Roberson, told Channel 2's Diana Davis her son's recovery has regressed.
Her son, Mike Patterson, jumped in a river to save the child as his own son watched. Injuries from the rescue left him paralyzed.
Roberson said doctors have put Patterson back on a ventilator. Last week, he was sitting up in bed sipping a milkshake with his mother and step-father at his bedside. It's been rough going since then.
Patterson developed an infection and a high fever. On Tuesday morning, Patterson's mother told Davis doctors have put her son back on a ventilator to help him breathe and rest.
She also told Davis she is grateful for the huge online and social media response the story of her son has generated.
After watching Davis' story last week, a representative of media mogul Tyler Perry contacted Channel 2 Action News. Perry donated $50,000 to help with Patterson's recovery.
A spinal cord injury specialist told Davis that Patterson will need every penny and much more because he does not have insurance. Dr. Dale Strasser, of the Emory Center For Rehabilitation, said costs are staggering.
"There is the acute medical care costs, which are probably $10,000 a day. There are the extended rehabilitation costs and the rehabilitation and long-term-care costs. This could easily be $2 million to $2.5 million," he said.
On Tuesday, Patterson's mother told Davis that her son's spirits are down.
Last week, she choked back tears during an on-camera interview as she said the reality of what he and his 9-year-old son are facing was just beginning to sink in.
Strasser told Davis that emotional support for victims of devastating injuries is crucial, and so are realistic expectations.
"The individual has to come to terms with a different self, with a different reality and helping that person, letting that person find their way, is very beneficial," Strasser said.
It's too early to know when Patterson will be released from the hospital and where he will go for rehabilitation.
UPDATE: My heart is bursting with joy, my eyes are filling with tears and my hands are shaking from excitement as I sit down to write the most recent update on Mike's condition. According to a text message we received from Mike's sister, Tiffany, this morning: Mike has an infectious bacteria in his bowels and is in isolation until the bacteria is completely gone. His temperature has dropped from 106 last night to 98! "He's not out of the woods, but he is trying to cross that tree line into the field."
Such great news on this Father's Day! A ray of sunshine for this family and the thousands of supporters following Mike's story across the globe!
Tiffany also said, "Please tell everyone thank you for all of the prayers and encouraging comments. We appreciate every one of them and if we could, we would hug them all."
As of last night: An Infectious Disease Specialist had been called in to review Mike's case and assist his medical team. Doctors' main cause of concern is the duration of Mike's high fever (104+). Please continue to pray for Mike's recovery, his family's comfort and for the doctors' wisdom.
UPDATE: Mike remains heavily sedated and is on a medical ventilator to help relieve the stress on his body during this critical recovery period. He also still has pneumonia in both lungs. Yesterday (Friday) Mike had a fever in excess of 104 degrees for most of the day as his body fought off infection. Yesterday afternoon, he underwent a tracheotomy surgery.
According to Mike's sister, Tiffany, "The surgery was successful. The tracheotomy will help with his breathing, and it will also make it easier to suction out his lungs."
Mike's mother, Vickie, said, "Mike's not out of the woods just yet. His fever remained high even after surgery, which was an area of concern for the doctors."
"The most difficult part for me," said Brian, Mike's younger brother, "is to see Mike laying there hooked up to a ventilator because he was always very physically active. For now, it's a waiting game."
The Friends of Mike Patterson Trust has an abundance of respect for Mike's medical privacy. The medical condition update above was issued at the request of Mike's mother, sister, and brother.
**100% OF FUNDS COLLECTED HERE WILL BE DONATED TO THE FRIENDS OF MIKE PATTERSON TRUST.** Michael Patterson, 43, of Rockmart, GA was critically injured Saturday, 06/08/13, as
he saved the life of a 4-year-old Rockmart girl. The accident occurred
at the Rockmart Dam near the Silver Comet Trail.
Michael was visiting the creek with his son when he heard the cry
of a mother as she noticed her 4-year-old daughter, Javaeh Jones was in
trouble. Javaeh was playing in the water when she waded into an area
over her head and was swept away by the swift current of the creek.
Michael immediately dove in and rescued the child, striking his
head during the dive and leaving him paralyzed with his neck broken in
three places and a severed spinal cord. Patterson was floating face down
in the water and unconscious approximately three minutes before anyone
realized what had happened.
Bystanders pulled Michael from the water. He was not breathing when
emergency crews arrived on the scene. Upon arrival, EMT's performed CPR
on Michael and then transported him to Redmond Regional Medical
Michael had just started a job two weeks prior to the incident, and he does not have insurance. We are trying to help his family raise money for this hero. For more information and updates, please visit the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofmikepatterson