Grieving parents struggle to deal with their four-year-old son’s death a week after going swimming.

Francisco Delgado III, known as Baby Frankie to his parents, went swimming with his family in Texas City last week, reports Daily Mail.

His parents Francisco Jr. and Tara said the boy started to complain of stomach pains shortly after getting out of the water, but they figured he just has a regular bug.

Over the next week, they say that he started vomiting and having diarrhoea, but appeared to be getting better.

Then all of a sudden things got much worse.

Francisco says that his son complained of his shoulders hurting Saturday morning, and went back to sleep, only to wake up in serious pain hours later.

‘Out of nowhere, he just woke up. He said, “ahhh,”‘ his father told KTRK-TV. ‘He took his last breath, and I didn’t know what to do no more.’

The boy was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

‘I walked in. I could see him lying there. They were still working on him. I’m screaming. Let me just touch my baby. Maybe he needs his mama’s touch,’ Tara Delgado said. ‘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.’

Doctors told the Delgados that little Frankie died from ‘dry drowning’ a rare medical condition that predominantly affects children because their bodies are small.

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.

‘There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are over the passing of Baby Frankie. He was only 4 years old, he had so much life to live. He was loved by so many people, his love for Baseball was endless. The world lost a beautiful soul,’ a statement on the Gofundme page reads.

‘Such a wonder of life! Such a joyful spirit! Gone too soon. My family and I are asking for help in this difficult time of need. I’m asking for prayers and donations in hopes to help my family grieve without the worry of expenses.’

RIP little man, our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

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Image via gofundme

  • the poor family. that is sad and i just don’t know how they will cope. that would be very hard


  • That long a time of a “bug” would have rung alarm bells for me but I wouldn’t have thought of him having water in his lungs.
    It is easy for inexperienced swimmers to inhale water instead of raiding their heads for air. It is also known as secondary drowning and can happen within a few hours.


  • I would hope they cough the water up straight away. How very sad for this family


  • How awful ! And the bug-type symptoms don’t alarm you directly of course, making it even more scary that this can just happen like that ! My thoughts and prayers go out to the grieving family.


  • I’ve heard of this before and it terrifies me. We’ve all experienced our kids breathing water in and coughing it up at some point. My son does it all the time just trying to drink water.


  • Dry drowning? That is something completely new to me too. RIP, little one. :-(


  • I’d never heard of that before. terrible sad for the parents


  • I’ve heard of this before; so difficult to spot.


  • So terrible that this can happen. We all know about drowning but this one is so different.


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