by Gary Franklin, WXIA-TV (

ROME, Ga. -- Mike Patterson, the man who was left paralyzed after jumping into a creek to save a drowning girl, has died.

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Patterson broke three bones in his neck when he dove into Euharlee Creek in Rockmart earlier this month. He battled a number of medical complications in the days that followed.

According to a Facebook page set up in his honor, he lost his battle early Friday morning.

Over the last several weeks, thousands of people used social media sites to send messages of support to him and his family.

Funeral arrangement have not been announced.

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