Family warns of "dry drowning" after child days after swimming

The liquid never reaches the lungs, as per normal drowning, but it causes the vocal chords to tighten, eventually shutting down the airway.

He became a victim to the condition, which can manifest over hours or days, after inhaling water during a swimming trip with his family.

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.

'I walked in. I could see him lying there. It usually occurs with children and only takes a "few gasps" of water through the mouth or nostrils, according to USA Today.

Children who are dry drowning may develop a cough or chest pain, and have trouble breathing. These symptoms closely mimic other childhood illnesses which is why medical professionals urge parents to have their child seen by a physician for any near-drowning experience or if any symptoms of secondary drowning are present after a child has been in the water.

With secondary drowning, the airways open and let water into the lungs, causing pulmonary edema, which is when fluid builds up and makes it hard to breathe.

It can happen hours or even days after swimming or bathing. According to WebMD, only 1 to 2 percent of all drowning incidents are related to dry drowning. "He was only 4 years old, he had so much life to live".

'There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are over the passing of Baby Frankie.

Baseball-loving Francisco Delgado III, from Texas, died in hospital after complaining of severe pains on Saturday. The world lost a handsome soul, ' a statement on the page reads. "Such a wonder of life!" I'm asking for prayers and donations in hopes to help my family grieve without the worry of expenses'.

A 4-year-old Texas boy passed away Saturday, nearly a week after going swimming, KTRK reported.

  • Joanne Flowers