HUDSON, Fla. (WFLA) – It happened in an instant. No one was expecting it, certainly not the parents of a precious 3-year-old little boy in Hudson.
On Sunday afternoon a terrifying incident happened right in front of those parents. Their child, according to family and friends, was playing with his brother when the nightmare took place.
The children were reportedly playing in the bedroom with their father and grandmother nearby. The boys accidentally knocked a large, older model tube television off of a dresser. The bulky TV fell on the 3-year-old. The family called 911 immediately.
The news was initially not good. The toddler was reportedly unresponsive when paramedics arrived.
Moments later, paramedics were seen rushing a gurney, holding the toddler’s body, to a waiting helicopter. The boy was airlifted to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in downtown St. Petersburg, where he is currently recovering.
“This is terrifying for parents,” said Karen Macauley, director of the Pediatric Trauma Program. “In the blink of an eye, these peoples’ lives changed tremendously.”
A television toppling over onto a child is both frightening and, shockingly, common. In fact, the statistics are alarming. Every 45 minutes a child in America is rushed to the emergency room after an incident of a television tipping over on top of them. Every three weeks a child dies from related injuries.
The cause of death is usually a head injury. Experts say toddlers are most at risk. “They like to climb on everything,” Macauley said. “Parents need to know how quickly this happens and secure their furniture.”