TEXAS CITY, Texas, (ABC 4 Utah) – A family preparing to bury their 4 year-old is warning other parents of the medical condition that took his life.
Tara and Francisco Delgado say their son “Frankie” came down with flu-like symptoms after a family swimming trip. The parents admit — they did not initially think much of it, especially since Frankie started to improve.
One week later, the Delgados say Frankie experienced what experts call “dry drowning” after falling asleep.
“Out of nowhere, he just woke up and said ‘ahh,’ and he took his last breath. I didn’t know what to do no more,” Francisco Delgado cried. “Don’t take anything for granted. If someone doesn’t feel good, if he has diarrhea, take him to the doctor. Tell them to find out what’s really wrong. I just didn’t know what was wrong with him, I thought it was just normal,” he said.
While rare, doctors say these kind of complications do happen. They say usually, dry drowning happens when someone inhales even a small amount of water. The water, experts say, does not necessarily fill the lungs. Instead, it causes the vocal cords to spasm and close off later on.