He was only 4-years-old, but he still gave away his life saving a 3-year-old girl from drowning in a pool.
The parents of Xander Vento said that their child was forced under water while saving another child in a pool in the neighborhood of Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this week.
Chris and Misty Vento on Thursday issued the following statement:
"We made the extremely difficult decision to remove our precious son Xander from life support. We sincerely thank all who kept our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful for their love and support. We somehow expect that our son's life serves as a source of inspiration. He was the angel in the pool to be sacrificed to save another. Now, he continues as an organ donor. We were fortunate to have a child that was friendly and affectionate as Xander, who set an example to us all. Now, he will save lives by donating himself."
Xander, 4, held a 3-year-old girl over the water, and after exhaustion, fell below the water surface. He was found at the bottom of the pool. After Xander was pulled from the water, rescuers did get a pulse from him, but he could not breathe on his own before being loaded into a helicopter.
Xander was hospitalized at Cook Children's Medical Center, where he went into a coma. He had been in intensive care since Monday.
Adults were present in the pool during the incident, including an off-duty nurse, who helped rescue the children. It was not clear where the adults were located when the incident occurred.
The 3-year-old girl, whose name was not released, apparently swallowed water, but never lost consciousness.
A fund has been established in the name of Xander to help the family with medical expenses.