Texas family warns of 'dry drowning' after child dies

Texas family warns of 'dry drowning' after child dies

Doctors told his parents he died of dry drowning - also called secondary drowning - and that Frankie had water in his lungs and around his heart.

The family of a little boy says he died after a swim at the Texas City Dike over the Memorial Day weekend. Delgago explains that his son suddenly stopped breathing, and had only shown signs of a stomach bug (vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) a few days prior. Almost a week later, Frankie complained one evening that his shoulders hurt, later waking up in the middle of the night. The lungs can then become irritated from the water and fill with fluid resulting in respiratory problems, brain damage or even death.

Dry drowning, or secondary drowning, can happen hours after a child has suffered a near-drowning incident.

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Dry drowning occurs after a child inhales water through the nose or mouth and the liquid gets into the lungs, Purva Grover, with Cleveland Clinic Children's, told USA Today.

The condition is most common in children due to their small size, Dr. Raymond Pitetti at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh told WebMD.

ABC 13 reports on the Delgado family's nightmare, and the rare medical emergency of dry drowning.

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Baby Frankie's mother, Tara Delgado, told WPVI news that they immediately called 911, but paramedics were unable to revive him. In fact, a World Health Organization (WHO) bulletin stated that the terms "dry", "wet", "active", "passive", "silent", and "secondary" drowning will no longer be used to describe a drowning victim. His family said the child was knocked over by a wave and he went underwater.

You might not witness your child inhale any pool water, but it's important to watch out for signs soon after an event that could cause dry drowning.

While both types of cases are very rare, it's critical for parents to keep an eye out for symptoms and respond quickly. His real name was Francisco III and the four-year-old shared the same birthday as his father, Francisco Jr. He was loved by so many people, his love for Baseball was endless. "The world lost a attractive soul", the page read.

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If you'd like to help the family, there's a GoFundMe page set up to offset funeral expenses for Frankie.

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