The word 'hero' gets bandied about with far too much frequency these days. But Xander Vento
, 4, of Ft. Worth certainly deserves to be called a hero. On Monday, Xander was beside the neighborhood pool at the Villages of Woodland Spring when he saw a three-year-old girl struggling in the water. Police say Xander jumped in, swam under the girl and helped her keep her head above water.
But Xander then got into trouble himself. Exhausted, he slipped under himself and was pulled up unresponsive from the bottom of the pool. Christy Daae, a supervising nurse in a hospital emergency room, performed CPR on the little boy as his shocked parents looked on in horror. Xander did regain a pulse as he was loaded on to a medevac helicopter and rushed
to Cook Children's Hospital, but he was in a coma and placed on life support.
On Thursday, Xander's parents made the excruciatingly difficult decision to remove him from life support. He was pronounced dead
at 3:20 p.m. The parents, Cris and Misty Vento, released the following statement:
"We have made the extremely difficult decision to remove our precious son Xander from life support. We send heartfelt thanks to all of you who kept our family in your thoughts and prayers. We're appreciative of your love and support. We in some way hope that our son's life serves as an inspiration. He was the angel in the pool who sacrificed himself to save another. And now he continues to give us an organ donor. We were blessed to have such a kind and caring boy as Xander, who set an example for all of us and even now will be saving lives by giving of himself."
A fund has been established in Xander's name to assist his family with medical expenses. Those wishing to contribute may do so by visiting https://www.wepay.com/donations/145080