A four-year-old has died from “dry drowning” nearly a week after going swimming with his family. His family is desperate to raise awareness of the incredibly rare condition after little Frankie Delgado died on Saturday.
The youngster had gone swimming at a dike near the family home in Houston, Texas, four days before he passed away. Shortly afterward, he began showing signs of an upset stomach and suffered from vomiting and diarrhea.
But as he started showing signs of recovery, Frankie suddenly took a turn for the worse. On Saturday morning, his father Francisco Jr. said he complained of his shoulders hurting and went to sleep.
His dad said: “Out of nowhere, he just woke up. He said ‘ahhh’
“He took his last breath and I didn’t know what to do no more.”
His mom Tara Delgado said paramedics fought desperately to save his life but he couldn’t be revived. Doctors later told the family they found fluid in Frankie’s lung, which they believe was a result of dry drowning, also known as secondary drowning.
The little-known condition occurs when excess water has been inhaled. Symptoms include vomiting and sickness, trouble breathing, tiredness, chest pain, and coughing. Frankie’s older sister Desiree, said: “This summer we hope to raise awareness to other families so nobody has to go through what we are going through.
“Please take the signs serious and be cautious.”
She has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of Frankie’s funeral, which will be held on Saturday, June 10. Those wishing to donate can do so here.