4-Year-Old Hero Sacrifices Himself to Save Drowning 3-Year-Old

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public poolA four-year-old hero, Xander Vento, has died after his parents made the heartbreaking decision to take him off of life support. Xander lapsed into a coma while sacrificing his own life to save a drowning three-year-old girl who he saw struggling in the deep end of the pool.

He held the struggling 3-year-old girl above the water so that she wouldn't drown, and after becoming exhausted himself, slipped below the water’s surface and into a coma. He was found at the bottom of the pool and pulled from the water immediately. Every rescue effort was made but the trauma was just too much for little Xander’s body to handle.

The 3-year-old girl swallowed some water, but never lost consciousness.

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Xander is the very definition of a Good Samaritan and an example for all of us. Whatever his parents were doing in the way of parenting a child who respects life and believes in extending human kindness to others, they were doing it right. He didn't weigh his options and decide whether it was worth his time and effort to save the girl. He thought nothing of himself or how it would benefit him. He saw someone in need and did he all that he could to help her. How many of us adults can say that we would have reacted in such a selfless way if in the same situation?

In his selfless act, Xander has taught us all a lesson about human kindness. I hope we all take note of his sacrifice and are inspired to be a little better every day in honor of this anazing hero.

How do you teach your child to respect life and instill human kindness in your little one?

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dee1603 dee1603

Bless this sweet baby boy who was so brave. May he rest in peace.

Rachelle Miller

where the heck were both parents during all of this to not notice that not only the 3 year old was drowning but to not notice long enough for this remarkable little boy to become exhausted and be found at the bottom of the pool????

the4m... the4mutts

All 4 of my kids would do the same thing. I've seen them in these situations @ a public pool where other parents aren't watching their kids. My 9yo & my 5yo helped a 2yo when his floatie slipped off. They were in the deep end, I was in the shallow end with my younger 2 kids. They were playing with the boy, so they were like a foot from him. They drug him to the side to hold on. My SO got there & got the boy's floatie back on before the parents even noticed he was struggling.

This is an incredibly sad situation. I feel horrible that the sweet little boy who helped another child had to suffer & die for his efforts. If there's a heaven, I hope he's there.

Pam.N.42 Pam.N.42

I also wonder where the lifeguards were this whole time? This poor baby lost his life saving another baby, he is a hero for sure, but I wish some adult had stepped in. 

abra819 abra819

lifeguards, parents?? anyone?? for god's sakes, where the heck were the parents?

KWnav... KWnavywife

I'm with every one else. Where were either set of parents, or even an adult at all? While he is a hero, both of those children should have been better supervised.

AliNo... AliNoelle

What a sweet brave boy. I am so sorry for his parents there are no words to describe it.

Bruic... Bruickson

Things like this shouldn't happen but unfortunately they do. Now I understand why my dad always freaked out when I went swimming without him. He was especially strict about me going swimming in a river (he had seen more than one person drown). Now I'm the same way. If my daughter goes swimming an adult will be with her. My husband wanted to get a pool but I refuse to get one while there are toddlers or young children in the house.

Gigan... GigantaursMommy

Why was no one watching the little kids in a pool with a deep end? This is just too tragic and was easily avoidable.

Heather Duso Johnson

So instead of both moms getting lunch ready, shouldn't someone have kept an eye on the pool?  And my brothers were always told exactly how far they could go in a pool with a deep end, even with their floaties on, unless there was an adult in the pool WITH them.  

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