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4-Year-Old Boy Tragically Passes Away From Dry Drowning Days After Going Swimming

Days after a four-year-old boy, Frankie, went swimming, he died. The phenomena is known as dry or secondary drowning, and the boy’s family is spreading the word about this little-known hazard. WedMD wrote that dry drowning accounts for less than 2 percent of all drowning deaths.

Frankie’s father, Francisco Delgado Jr., told KHOU, that his son was vomiting and had diarrhea for a couple days after he went swimming. The next day, Frankie reportedly had shoulder pain and went back to sleep. Later he woke up, gasped, and died at East Houston Regional Hospital located in Houston. Doctors found fluid in Frankie’s lungs.

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Symptoms of dry drowning include coughing, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. The child may be irritable and lethargic (because the brain isn’t getting enough oxygen). Please spread the word about this to your family and friends. Rest in peace, Frankie.