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June 24th, 2008, 11:02 PM

Boy’s death highlights a hidden danger: Dry drowning
10-year-old died more than an hour after getting out of swimming pool
By Mike Celizic
TODAYShow.com contributor
updated 9:58 a.m. ET June 5, 2008

The tragic death of a South Carolina 10-year-old more than an hour after he had gone swimming has focused a spotlight on the little-known phenomenon called “dry drowning” — and warning signs that every parent should be aware of.

“I’ve never known a child could walk around, talk, speak and their lungs be filled with water,” Cassandra Jackson told NBC News in a story broadcast Thursday on TODAY....

June 24th, 2008, 11:09 PM
Hmm? Interesting. One would think that decreased lung capacity would be most dangerous while the body is being stressed (swimming?) and not while sleeping.

June 25th, 2008, 07:50 AM
This boy actually drowned. He did not dry drown. Dry drowning is caused by spasms in the larynx closing the airway (or by the shock of cold water stopping the heart as the other theory has it). http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/drydrowning.asp

June 25th, 2008, 11:06 PM
My real mom was a ER nurse. I remember once when I was a little kid, her coming home very upset because one of her coworkers had a son drowned. He had been swimmign and took a nap. He never woke up. I don't remember the detail but I think his lungs were almost completely full of lake water. I wish I coudl remember more but the age of 4 was a long time oga.

June 27th, 2008, 04:14 PM
Thank you for the "heads-up". I will sure to keep a closer watch on my daughter after her swims.

June 27th, 2008, 04:17 PM
never heard of that
what a shock
how awful
my heart goes out to the family