Boy who saved drowning toddler taken off life support



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Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 11:03 AM

FORT WORTH - The 4-year-old boy rescued from a swimming pool earlier this week was removed from life support.

Xander Vento was found at the bottom of a swimming pool in the Woodland Springs subdivision in far north Fort Worth. He drowned while helping a 3-year-old who was struggling in the pool's deep-end. A MedStar spokesperson said the boy was supporting the girl above the water as she struggled when he went under.

The girl was last reported to be in fair condition.

The mother was at the pool at the time of the accident, but few other details were released.

High school classmates of Vento's mother have set up a fund to help the family pay for medical expenses. To donate click here.

Vento's parents released the following statement this afternoon:
"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 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 as 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 he will be saving lives by giving of himself."

Cris & Misty Vento