4-Year-Old Boy Dies From “Dry Drowning” After Swimming in Texas City Dike

The family of a little boy says he died after a swim at the Texas City Dike over the Memorial Day weekend. Francisco Delgado III, 4, passed away Saturday at East Houston Regional Hospital despite efforts to resuscitate him.

His parents sat down with Eyewitness News on Tuesday. They call Francisco “Baby Frankie” and said he showed signs of an upset stomach shortly after swimming, but they didn’t think much of it.

He seemed to be getting better and was still a fun-loving kid. On Saturday morning, his father, Francisco Delgado Jr., said his son complained of his shoulders hurting before suddenly waking up hours later.

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

His mother, Tara Delgado, said paramedics and doctors tried to save her son.

“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,” said Delgado. “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.”

The family has created a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral costs.

They also will be holding a benefit at Texas Twister on Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m. at 2327 McCarty St.

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