20. Secondary Drowning Mimics Pneumonia
Pneumonia is what occurs when the lungs become inflamed; in extreme cases, fluid may enter the lungs, and the linings may become damaged. When a child experiences secondary drowning because of water that is in the lungs but is undetected, the body responds as if it is fighting off pneumonia.
Sadly, the body’s response – which may include a fever and cough – is insufficient to deal with the damage that is occurring within the lungs and the bloodstream. Unless the child receives medical care immediately, he or she can die from secondary drowning.