A 10-year-old boy from South Carolina died of dry drowning more than an hour after swimming and walking home with his mother, reported Medical News. Water may have entered his lungs during an accident in the pool in which he “soiled himself.”
The boy didn’t show any signs of respiratory problems and was put to bed by his mother. Later, she found his face covered in “spongy white material” and didn’t make it to the hospital on time.
About 3,600 Americans died from drowning in 2005, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some, like the boy, die up to 24 hours later because of water entering the respiratory system. Some are children who died after taking a bath.
Some of the symptoms of water in the lungs are difficult breathing, extreme tiredness and changes in behavior, which result from not enough oxygen reaching the brain.