This is the terrifying moment a child was almost injured when a chest of drawers toppled over nearly crushing him.
The boy, who was incredibly lucky to avoid serious injury and possibly death, can be seen playing with the drawers in what appears to be a playroom.
Like any inquisitive child, he pulls out the drawers and pushes them back in. However when he applies a little too much pressure on one of the drawers, the heavy chest falls over on top of him.
You can watch the horrifying footage below:
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Due to a miracle or some sort of divine intervention, the boy amazingly is able to slip out of the path of the falling wooden chest, evading death for yet another day.
The child is quickly checked over by a woman appearing to be his mother, who runs into the room upon hearing the drastic commotion. He appears to have suffered no serious injuries whatsoever – aside from being very shook up.
However the CCTV footage should obviously come as a warning to parents everywhere. Not every child would be as lucky as this one in the same circumstances and the statistics speak for themselves.
In the US, every 30 minutes a child is injured, often seriously, after a television or piece of furniture has fallen onto them. Tragically, according to AnchorIt, a US based advise website to avoid deaths via falling furniture, every 10 days a child dies due to furniture or a television falling onto them.
Perhaps most worrying is that the vast majority of falling furniture incidents involve injuries to the head.
However there is a solution.
Most furniture – such as chest of drawers, wardrobes, and cabinets can be ‘anchored’ or strapped to the wall they are resting against for a relatively low price, meaning that if your child happens to pull the furniture onto themselves, the anchor will prevent it from falling onto them.
Another key, and simple, bit of advice for parents is to avoid placing tempting objects such as toys, sweets, or games, at a place which might encourage your child to climb on furniture to try and reach it.
Last year a similar story went viral when a toddler used superhuman strength to pick up a chest of drawers which had crushed his twin brother.
Thanks entirely to the two-year-old’s quick and composed action, his twin brother lives to see another day.
Speaking at the time, the twins’ father, explained:
I’ve been a little hesitant to post this. But I feel it’s not only to bring awareness, but it is also incredible.
We are so grateful for the bond that these twin brothers share. We know Bowdy was not alone in moving the dresser off of Brock. And feel blessed that he is ok.
Please make sure all your dressers are bolted and secured to the wall.
What a pint-sized hero this little guy is.
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.