Dry drowning may have claimed child's life

Posted June 10, 2017

Doctors told the Delgados Frankie died from "dry drowning;" something they'd never heard of before that day.

His family took him swimming at the Texas City Dike over Memorial Day Weekend.

However, the Delgados in Texas said Frankie didn't exhibit any symptoms until later at home when he started vomiting and had diarrhea.

On Saturday morning, he complained about his shoulders hurting.

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The condition laypeople define as "dry drowning" happens when a person aspirates water into his or her lungs.

Doctors at the hospital confirmed that the little boy succumbed to dry drowning, a rare condition primarily among young children occasioned by breathing in water especially during swimming. The prospect of a child drowning after leaving the pool or beach is one not many parents have considered. The suspected cause of death is "dry drowning", a rare condition in which there is a delayed physical reaction to inhaling water.

According to the Centers for Disease Control "injury" drowning is the second leading cause of death among children.

"Children that are breathing faster, working harder to breathe, or having other signs that there might be trouble such as feeling very exhausted, vomiting or just really not acting themselves in some other sort of way", Pattishall said.

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His parents told KTRK that "Baby Frankie" had an upset stomach after they went swimming, but they didn't think it was anything serious.

"His lungs were full of fluid and there was nothing else they could do for him", said Tara Delgado, Frankie's mother.

Without getting a proper treatment from dry drowning, Frankie died in his bed, and his parents found out about the existence of such a thing as dry drowning too late. Other symptoms of dry drowning to look out for include fever, wheezing and even turning blue. "When she came in, she told us it's what's called dry drowning".

Secondary drowning results from the child actually taking water into the lungs. His real name was Francisco III and the four-year-old shared the same birthday as his father, Francisco Jr. USA Today spoke with Purva Grover, the medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Children's pediatric emergency told parents that when their kids have a "near-drowning event...get professional opinion" immediately. He was loved by so many people, his love for Baseball was endless.

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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.