HOUSTON -- A family preparing to bury their 4-year-old child wants to warn other parents of the medical condition that cost them their son.
Francisco Delgado Jr. says almost a week after a family trip to the Texas city Dike, he called 911 because his son Frankie stopped breathing. The child had shown symptoms that resembled a stomach bug for several days, including vomiting and diarrhea.
Doctors found fluid in Frankie’s lungs and around his heart, telling the Delgado family, Frankie died of what’s known as “dry drowning.”
Dry drowning can occur hours, even days, after a person inhales water. The uncommon condition mostly involves young children.
According to medical experts, symptoms of dry drowning include trouble breathing, persistent coughing, sleepiness and fatigue, and vomiting.
Frankie’s mother Tara said her son was “full of life" and "for 4-years-old, he had a big heart.”
The family is in the process of finalizing funeral arrangements for the child. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with the unexpected expenses.