Francisco Delgado, from Texas, went swimming with his family last week and complained of stomach pains shortly after getting out of the water.
However, the Delgados in Texas saidFrankie didn't exhibit any symptoms until later at home when he started vomiting and had diarrhea. Then on Saturday, almost a week later, the boy woke up and complained of shoulder pain.
Dry drowning occurs after a child inhales water through the nose or mouth and the liquid gets into the lungs, Purva Grover from the Cleveland Children's Clinic told USA Today.
Medical experts said symptoms of dry drowning include trouble breathing, persistent coughing, sleepiness and fatigue, and vomiting. Parents often note that noticing their child just being "off" is another sign of secondary drowning. They wanted their son's death to educate families about dry drowning-and help save lives.
Twitter users urged parents to read the story and be aware of dry drowning.
Speaking to ABC 7 News, Dr. Kay Leaming-Van Zandt, an emergency room physician, said that dry drowning could happen "in just inches of water" with symptoms appearing hours after playing in the water. Maybe he needs his mama's touch, ' Tara Delgado said. "He said ahhhh", his father, Francisco Delgado Jr., told KTRK.
The boy later died at the hospital from the condition known as dry drowning. "It happens when someone breathes in small amounts of water during a struggle in the water, which makes the airway muscles spasm and breathing becomes hard", a warning from Dell Children's described. "Another possibility is they get just a little bit of the fluid into their lungs, they recover, but then hours later that again causes inflammation, more fluid, respiratory distress". His parents still don't know exactly why.
After reading about Delgado's death, a father in Colorado recognized the symptoms in his 2-year-old boy after he had been swimming. He was loved by so many people, his love for Baseball was endless.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, May 10. The world lost a lovely soul, ' a statement on the page reads.