Father recognises signs of dry drowning after reading families heartbreaking story.
A Colorado father saved his two-year-old son’s life after he recognized the symptoms of dry drowning from a news story about another boy’s tragic death, shares Daily Mail.
Staff Sgt. Garon Vega says he knew to take his son, Gio, to the emergency room after watching Frankie Delgado’s family speak out about their boy’s death a week earlier.
Gio swallowed water during a trip to their community pool last week and started suffering similar symptoms to Frankie, including a fever and trouble breathing, so Vega decided to take him to the hospital.
An X-ray showed fluid in the boy’s lung. A doctor said it was a good thing that Vega brought his son in as he probably would not have survived the night.
Dad reaches out to Frankie’s family
Vega has thanked Delgado’s parents, saying he likely wouldn’t have taken Gio to hospital if they hadn’t spoken out about their own tragedy.
‘I feel like I needed to reach out to the parents of little Frankie and tell them, I don’t know how to word it, but their little boy saved our little boy’s life,’ Vega told ABC 13.
‘There was a purpose. It was an unfortunate thing that happened, but if I had not told my wife that he swallowed the water, and if she had not seen that article, I think we would’ve ended up dispelling it as a regular sickness.’
Dry drowning happens when someone breathes water in. The water never reaches the lungs, but it causes the vocal chords to spasm and tighten, eventually shutting down the airway.
Signs & Symptoms to watch out for:
Persistent coughing: The spasms (medical term = laryngospasm), causes your child’s throat to close. The persistent coughing occurs as your child is attempting to clear their throat.
Pain in the chest: The laryngospasm from dry drowning causes extra stress on the chest and lungs, consequently leading to pain.
Lethargy – decreased energy.
Breathing difficulties – shortness of breath, fast breathing.
Sudden change in mood, agitated, confusion.
Pale or blue skin.
In this case both boys also suffered feeling unwell with a fever.
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