Texas Boy Dies of 'Dry Drowning' Days After Going Swimming

Metropolitan Police London via AP

Metropolitan Police London via AP

Doctors told his parents he died of dry drowning - also called secondary drowning - and that Frankie had water in his lungs and around his heart.

Francisco seemed to be improving, but one week later he also started complaining of shoulder pain. His lungs were full of fluid.

In the case of secondary drowning, water enters the lungs, but not enough to cause drowning right away. Dry drowning usually happens soon after exiting the water, but with secondary drowning, there can be a delay of up to 24 hours before the person shows signs of distress.

The signs of dry drowning include persistent coughing; labored breathing; sleepiness; forgetfulness or a change in behavior; and throwing up. Parents who notice these symptoms should take their child to the emergency room, Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Medical Director Purva Grover told USA Today in 2015.

After learning the boy's death was likely due to "dry drowning", his family worked to warn other parents about the rare condition and the story was shared nationwide.

Doctors will perform an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

His father, Francisco Jr, said: 'Out of nowhere, he just woke up. "He said ahhh", Delgado said.

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A Texas City, Texas, boy died from what's known as dry drowning after swimming at a local dike.

Another similar type of condition called secondary drowning occurs when water does reach the lungs, making it hard to breathe.

Dry drowning and secondary drowning account for about 2 per cent of drowning incidents.

According to Dr. Mitchell, dry drowning happens when water causes a spasm in the airway. Both are very rare and are the result of taking a little bit of water into the throat or lungs. His real name was Francisco III and the four-year-old shared the same birthday as his father, Francisco Jr. His family said the child was knocked over by a wave and he went underwater.

The family has set up a a crowdfunding profile to help cover funeral expenses.

A 4-year-old Texas boy passed away Saturday, nearly a week after going swimming, KTRK reported. "He was loved by so many people ... the world lost a handsome soul".

"Heartbreaking. My sympathy for the family, they are living a parent's worst nightmare", one Mad World News reader commented on the site's Facebook page.

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