4-Year-Old Dies Suddenly after Days of ‘Stomach Bug’ Symptoms. Then Doctors Find It in His Lungs

Parents are always on guard when in the water with small children, as they should be. However, there is another danger that begins as soon as the child leaves the water.

If a child breathes in (aspirates) water while swimming, they are at risk of “dry drowning.” It is crucial to watch for developing signs of the condition such as vomiting, fatigue, coughing, and especially difficulty breathing.

A family from Texas is suffering the untimely death of 4-year-old Francisco (Frankie) Delgado III. The whole family went swimming over Memorial Day weekend, and had a good time together.

Over the next few days, Frankie fell ill. He was showing flu-like symptoms, but his condition slowly started to improve.

Nearly a week after they had gone swimming, Frankie woke up one morning with horrible pain. He let out a terrible groan, and drew in his last breath.

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Frankie’s father was with him at the time and says that he didn’t know what to do. Paramedics arrived and rushed the little boy off to the hospital.

There, doctors and nurses did everything they could to save Frankie’s life. The little boy’s mother, Tara, recalls watching the medical staff work on her son.

Tara was approached by a doctor who told her that they had tried everything, but Frankie was not going to make it. “When she came in, she told us it’s what’s called dry drowning. His lungs were full of fluid. There was nothing else they could do for him,” said Tara.

Frankie’s family remembers their little boy as a happy and fun-loving baseball fan. Tara says that her son had a really big heart.

Medical professionals urge parents to be diligent in watching for signs of dry drowning. The symptoms can easily be confused with the flu, but it never hurts to get your child checked out to be safe.

Symptoms can begin to show anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after inhaling water. The Delgado family wishes that they knew this important information before they lost Frankie, but hopefully their story will serve as a lesson and other innocent lives will be spared.