Swimmers rescued from drowning still susceptible to “dry drowning”

dry drowning

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s not even June and we’ve already seen at least two drowning deaths in the area. But even the people who are rescued from drowning can still die hours later.

It’s called “secondary drowning” or “dry drowning.” It’s where a swimmer succumbs to injuries hours after the event. It’s something doctors see several times during the summer.

Doctors say they’ve had several instances where children seemed okay but the symptoms escalated quickly. Doctors will usually monitor children for 8 hours and if the symptoms get worse they’ll keep them for 24 hours.

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