Uninsured Father Faces Massive Medical Bills After Saving 4-Year-Old's Life and Breaking Neck

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A man who saw a 4-year-old girl drowning in a river was paralyzed from the chest down after he jumped in to save her and hit his head.

Michael Patterson, 42, was at Euharlee Creek in northwest Georgia with his son. The girl was playing in the creek in a deep section, and a strong current took her underwater.

Without thinking, Patterson dove into the water and rescued her. But during the dive, he hit his head and broke his neck.

People at the scene called 911 and an ambulance took him to a hospital, where he was told he was paralyzed from the chest down.

Patterson faces large medical bills, as he does not have health insurance from his new job. 

Javea Jones, the four-year-old girl, is healthy and safe now. Her mother Carlissa described the moment as the "worst moment of her life." She said Patterson was an "angel."

Jones said she saw the man save her daughter, and then float to the top of the water.

Patterson's son also saw the incident. He was pulled by four men from the water and given CPR.

He is currently in Redmond Medical Center in the ICU.

It seems being a hero is in Patterson's blood, as two weeks ago he saved someone else's life by pulling a truck driver to safety when his car caught on fire.

His mother, Vicki Davis, said he recently started a job installing sheet rock and did not have health insurance yet.

"Pray and pray, and have a lot of faith. That's all I can do," she said.

She is hopeful that a fund will be set up so her son will not have to come up with the massive amount of money needed to pay for the medical bills.

Sources: Daily Mail, WBSTV