Busted star sends warning to parents after son rushed to hospital following 'secondary drowning'

Secondary drowning can be caused by inhaling water while swimming

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Busted star Charlie Simpson's son Jago has been rushed to hospital while they were on holiday.

The musician shared a photo of the four-year-old in A&E and revealed he was suffering from "secondary drowning".

The condition can be caused by inhaling water while swimming, which causes the vocal cords to spasm.

Health professionals have warned that suffering from the condition could be fatal, and symptoms often arise around one to 24 hours after being in the water.

Charlie Simpson thanked medical staff for providing 'amazing care' for his son.
Charlie Simpson thanked medical staff for providing 'amazing care' for his son.

Simpson took to Instagram to detail the incident, and warn other parents about the risks of children taking to swimming pools and the sea.

He said: "Hi all. I wanted to share a terrifying experience we had recently with my youngest son Jago, in the hope that if it helps just one person avoid a similar situation, it will be worth it.

"We were on holiday enjoying a morning in the pool. Jago is a strong swimmer for his age and he was swimming under water but suddenly came up spluttering and coughing.

"At no point was he left unattended, It was momentary, nothing seemingly unusual for kids to experience. We got him out and he seemed fine and happy and was completely normal for the rest of the day.

Charlie Simpson rose to fame with boyband Busted, who reformed in 2015 after a split in 2005.
Charlie Simpson rose to fame with boyband Busted, who reformed in 2015 after a split in 2005.

"At dinner he became very lethargic and went to sleep in my wife’s arms. After dinner he suddenly woke up and started projectile vomiting.

"We called a doctor immediately who initially diagnosed it as as food poisoning and advised that we put Jago to bed in our hotel room and keep an eye on him.

"Before the doctor left, I suddenly remembered Jago coughing in the pool that morning and I remembered reading about a condition called secondary drowning, so I relayed it to the doctor.

Charlie Simpson warned other parents about the risk of children suffering from secondary drowning.
Charlie Simpson warned other parents about the risk of children suffering from secondary drowning.

"After hearing this, his demeanour changed and he told us to go to A&E straight away."

The Busted singer revealed it took them an hour to travel to hospital, which resulted in Jago's condition deteriorating further.

He added: "He seemed to be drifting in and out of consciousness.

"He was rushed through to have CT scans and X-Rays and to our absolute horror, we were told that he had water in his lungs and was minutes away from pneumonia.

"Jago was diagnosed with secondary drowning.

"He spent the next three days in hospital and I’m so thankful for the amazing care he received. It was the worst thing we have ever experienced.

"The scariest thing of all, is that had we not taken him to hospital when we did, the outcome could have been very different.

"After doing a lot of research, secondary drowning is seemingly quite rare but even so, not talked about. It takes less than half a glass of inhaled water to drown. Symptoms can start as long as 72 hours after the event which can make them hard to diagnose. These include vomiting, fever, laboured breathing and lethargy.

"I truly hope no one ever has to experience this but I hope to be able to raise some awareness of this frightening condition in case they do. x"