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Texas boy dies of 'dry drowning' after swimming trip, family says

Texas boy dies of 'dry drowning' after swimming trip, family says

Friday, a man in Colorado said his son's life was saved after seeing 4-year-old Frankie Delgado's tragic story on KTRK-TV, ABC7's sister station.

Frankie died six days after his family went on a swimming trip to Texas City Dike on May 28 ahead of Memorial Day. They call Francisco "Baby Frankie" and said he showed signs of an upset stomach shortly after swimming, but they didn't think much of it.

Saturday morning, Delgado said his shoulders were hurting.

The lungs become irritated and start to fill with fluid, leading to breathing problems and coughing, doctors say.

Dry drowning occurs when, after being submerged in water, a person's vocal cords experience a spasm and close, making it hard to breathe, said Dr. Mike Patrick, an emergency-medicine physician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, who was not involved in the boy's care.

One of the most recent cases of dry drowning is out of Texas. They said he died from an uncommon condition some officials call "dry drowning".

Dry drowning caused the death of a little boy from Texas, US, a week after he went swimming, according to doctors.

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"He was full of life", said his mother, Tara Delgado. "He said ahhh", his father Francisco Delgado Jr., told WPVI news.

In dry drowning, water is in the mouth or nose and the vocal cords spasm, trapping the water, causing the person to asphyxiate. Other symptoms of dry drowning to look out for include fever, wheezing and even turning blue.

WebMD said only about 1 - 2 percent of drownings happen from dry drowning or secondary drowning.

A similar condition, secondary drowning, occurs when water gets into the lungs and builds up over time, causing inflammation and eventually making it impossible to breathe. 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.

"Secondary drowning happens a little bit differently". His parents still don't know exactly why. "He was loved by so many people ... the world lost a lovely soul".

Baby Frankie's family has since set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for the unexpected funeral costs of their son.

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