Published: Sep 04, 2014 6:55 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 04, 2014 7:05 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Eric Fetzer says moving to Cape Coral may have saved his son's life.

"He would have hallucinations, he would point up at the sky and (gasp) and be really afraid," Fetzer told WINK News Thursday.

Fetzer's youngest child Zac was diagnosed with asthma when he was just a baby.

"It's a really scary situation to have your son unable to breathe and looking like he's going to die," Fetzer said.

He says Zac was on 9 different medications and constantly in and out of the hospital when the family lived in Denver.

"We Googled 'Where do you live if you have asthma really bad, in the United States, and number one was Cape Coral," he said.

Multiple websites, including WebMD and Health.com, have Cape Coral ranked as the best city in America for people with asthma.

The family visited the Cape during spring break 4 years ago to test the waters.

"We were here for 10 days and (Zac) was just beautiful the entire time."

As soon as they went back to Denver, Zac had an asthma attack.

That's when they decided it was time to move.

"I believe within a month, month and a half (of living in Cape Coral), he was completely off all meds and he hasn't had to be on any meds since then."
     
Dr. Larry Castillo has been an asthma specialist in Southwest Florida for the past 17 years.

He says he's not surprised Cape Coral is listed as a haven for asthmatics.

"The positive is the fact that the weather's not as cold, it tends to be more consistent, and that tends to help asthmatics," Castillo told WINK News.

Castillo also says consistent pollen cycles and little to no air pollution helps as well.

Zac is now 6. He's just like any other boy his age; he plays baseball and football.

He doesn't leave Cape Coral much, which is an obstacle his dad hopes he'll one day overcome.

"He really wants to see snow," said Fetzer.


Castillo says while it may have worked in Zac's case, everyone is different, and their asthma can react differently to a number of variables.