Frankie Delgado, a 4-year-old Texas boy, died of dry drowning after swimming on a family trip. Delgado showed symptoms of stomach bug after the trip. Family didn't think much of it, assuming it to be something usual.
About a week later he just woke up experiencing severe pain in his shoulder. Before they could figure out what to do, he stopped breathing. He was sent to hospital where doctors performed CPR, but it did not work. It was too late and doctors declared him deceased.
Doctor also informed the family that Delgado died from 'dry drowning'. The family had no idea this could happen and an autopsy will be done to confirm the cause for his death.
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Delgado said his son started showing symptoms of a stomach bug for several days after the swim, but the family didn't think much of it. Then on Saturday, nearly a week later, the boy woke up and complained of shoulder pain.
"Out of nowhere, he just woke up. He said ahhh," Delgado told KTRK. "He took his last breath and I didn't know what to do no more."
Paramedics and doctors tried saving the boy by performing CPR, but it was too late.
"When she came in, she told us it's what's called dry drowning. His lungs were full of fluid. There was nothing else they could do for him," Tara Delgado, the mother, told the news station.
Dry drowning, also known as secondary drowning, is a rare condition when water fills a person's lungs. It usually occurs with children and only takes a "few gasps" of water through the mouth or nostrils, according to USA Today.
The Delgado family created a GoFundMe page to help cover for funeral expenses. The campaign has raised more than $22,500 as of Thursday.
Dry drowning is a rare condition which usually occurs with children where a few accidental gasps of water fills the lungs. It's symptoms can be seen right after swimming or after few days of swimming. Secondary drowning is a similar condition which takes up to 24 hours to develop.
The family had no idea about the condition or their son's situation. Only if they knew about the term dry drowning they might have taken action to prevent what happened.
It is essential to spread awareness for this rare condition. Swimming pool guidelines should be updated to make the parents aware about the condition. This will help people be aware of the condition and the symptoms. At least they will seek help at the right time and they won't wait until it is too late. What seemed like something basic, such as shoulder pain, turned out to be something much more serious.
The story of the Texas boy is going viral on social media. The family has created a GoFundMe page to meet the funeral expense for him which raised $22500. Some other parents saved their kids life because they came to know about symptoms of dry drowning from the boy's story.
Garon Vega, A dad from Colorado read the story and saved his 2-year-old chid at the right time from dry drowning. He thanked the Delgado family for being brave enough to share the story even after losing their boy.
This story is spreading awareness for preventing more dry drowning incidents. Awareness of this incident helped other people recognizing the symptoms. Most common symptoms are fatigue, chest pain, headache, coughing & breathing problems.
It is essential to observe the symptoms right away. The first thing to do in a case of dry drowning symptoms is to seek professional help. A doctor will confirm if there is any fluid in the lungs and then treat the kid accordingly. Usually an emergency room is best as they will likely have access to the most help needed.