Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages one to 14. Drowning claims the lives of 372,00 people a year worldwide. The media, including some medical journals, continue to disseminate false or misleading terms and evidence regarding drowning. Take the tragic case of a 4-year-old boy who, in 2017, was knocked over and briefly submerged in knee-deep water. He died a week after the accident and it was widely reported that his cause of death was “dry” or “secondary” drowning. There is no such thing as dry or secondary drowning. The fact of the matter was that his cause of death was an unrecognized heart condition. He had no water in his lungs. That incident was published in USA Today on 6/8/17.
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