Father recognises signs of dry drowning after reading families heartbreaking story.

Last week we shared the story of the grieving parents struggling to deal with their four-year-old son’s death a week after going swimming. Sadly he passed away from drown drying.

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.

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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.’

Read more on little Frankie’s story here.

Dry drowning

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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  • that is a scary thing for sure but luckily the parents were aware of this occurrence being a possibility and acted on their instincts. awareness is the key and luckily the doctor took this case seriously as well


  • Incredible, i wasnot aware of dry drowning. you do learn something new everyday.


  • ive never heard of dry drowning. it got me thinking of that word when i was watching bondi lifesavers tv show when the life saver had to give a girl oxygen mask after she was rescued a while later. turned out she had fluid in the lungs. we dont hear that word often as we should.
    lucky for that man saving a family.


  • Frankies family spoke out to save another family going through it. So so lucky for this family.


  • Very scary and easy to miss !!


  • Up until last week I had no idea dry drowning was a real thing. Scary.


  • If anybody…..inhales….too much water …..it can go into the lungs…nd cause secondary drowning.
    Swallowing water and inhaling water are two different causes /situations.
    It is improtant to be aware of both possibilities.


  • This may eventually be some comfort to Frankie’s family.


  • Luckily! It’s so important that Frankie Delgado’s family talked about what happened to their child. This way people can become aware of which symptoms they’ve got to look for.
    This could have saved Gio’s life!!


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