Family warns of "dry drowning" after son dies days after swimming

A four-year-old child in Texas died on June 3, a few days after his family's latest swimming trip. 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. Physicians at the emergency found the little boy had fluid in his lungs and around his heart.

Secondary drowning happens when someone swallows water and it gets trapped in the lungs, which causes inflammation and produces fluid.

One doctor says children can die from drowning hours after the contact with water - sometimes without showing symptoms at first.

The symptoms persisted for several days. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), boys are more at risk for dry drowning, as is children ages one to four.

A Texas City family is speaking out after they lost their child to suspected "dry drowning".

In an interview with KTRK-TV, the Texas family said Delgado's condition kept deteriorating, prompting them to rush him to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Gio's father said a doctor told him his son would not have made it through the night. "Vomiting and increased sleepiness can also be indicators [of secondary drowning], but respiratory symptoms will nearly always show up first".

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Dry or secondary drowning occurs when someone breathes water into his or her lungs.

About 1 to 2 percent of those cases are caused by "dry and delayed" drowning.

Secondary drowning is when water gets into the lungs and then starts to build up, restricting breathing.

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.

Vega, the father of the surviving toddler, wanted Frankie's parents to know their son's tragedy helped to save another child. It is hard to predict whether a child is going to be affected, unless they were obviously struggling in the water, he said. Drowning is the second leading cause of death among young kids to 14 years old.

The family is "heartbroken" over "Baby Frankie's" death, according to a GoFundMe page set up to pay for the little boy's funeral. "He was loved by so many people ... the world lost a attractive soul".

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