(MEREDITH/KTRK)– A Colorado father is thanking a household in Houston for a warning that saved his son’s life. The Houston family shared their experience of losing their kid to the threats of dry drowning, and the story rapidly went viral.
He’s grateful to the Houston household gotten rid of by tragedy, yet brave enough to share four-year-old Frankie Delgado’s story.
Frankie passed away recently in what’s presumed to be an uncommon type of drowning called “dry or secondary drowning.” It happens when a child breathes in water and the fluid stays in the lungs for hours.
Memorial Day weekend, Frankie went swimming with his family in Texas City.
“He started experiencing stomach concerns. He had diarrhea,” his auntie, Joanna Delgato, said.
After six days, Frankie’s condition aggravated, and breathing got harder
His father described Frankie’s last breath: “He just woke up, and he stated ‘Ahhhhh’. and he took his last breath. I didn’t understand what to do no more.”
The story was shared throughout the nation on social media, and moms and dads were alerted about exactly what a few teaspoons of water could do.
In Colorado, Garon Vega’s son Gio got sick after breathing in a little water from a neighborhood pool. Initially, he had a fever. Then, a cough.
“I’m seeing his heart is beating actually quickly, so significantly that I can feel it when he’s laying against my body,” Vega stated.
Vega says he saw Frankie’s story and took Gio directly to the emergency room. It’s an advantage he did.
Medical professionals evaluated Gio, and stated he was drowning.
“The x-rays did show that he had a considerable quantity of water in his lungs which it was an advantage that we brought him in since if we hadn’t have, He would not have made it through the night,” stated Vega.
Vega says he’s happy to the Delgado’s for sharing their story. Without the awareness they created, his child could have passed away too.
“Ii seem like I had to connect to the moms and dads of little Frankie and tell him, I have no idea ways to word it but, their little young boy conserved our little kid’s life. There was a purpose.”
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