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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A 4-year-old boy has died three days after witnesses said that he saved a 3-year-old girl from drowning in a North Texas neighborhood pool.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Cris and Misty Vento said that they had decided to remove their son, Xander Vento, from life support at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. They said that they would donate their son’s organs.

Xander Vento had been hospitalized since he was removed from a pool on Monday afternoon and lapsed into a coma. MedStar ambulance spokesman Matt Zavadsky said that witnesses told paramedics that Xander and a 3-year-old girl were in the pool when the girl started to drown. They said that Xander held the struggling girl’s head above water until she was safe, but she became exhausted and slipped below the water’s surface.

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