The death of a 4-year-old Texas swimmer from “dry drowning” alerted a Chanute mother, who is warning other parents about the hazard that can cause death hours after the victim is out of the water.
“When we first started this swimming thing, I did a lot of research,” Melissa War, rural Chanute, wrote in an email to the Tribune. “I was amazed and scared of what I was reading, but as hard as it was I needed to read it and watch all those scary videos so I could be informed and know the danger signs.”
Dry drowning, also known as delayed or secondary drowning, can cause brain injury, respiratory problems or death when someone inhales water into the lungs during a near-drowning incident.
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