Video of a toddler saving his twin brother after a dresser fell on top of the boy has racked up more than a million views after the family posted the clip online.
Ricky and Kayli Shoff of Orem, Utah, said they were hesitant to make the video public, but decided to do it as a warning to other parents about the dangers of unsecured dressers.
In the clip, which is just over two minutes long and will make any parent cringe, the 2-year-olds can be seen in their footie pajamas attempting to climb on top of the six-drawer dresser via the two middle drawers that are pulled out. The furniture almost immediately topples on the children, leaving one of them trapped.
In next two minutes, the twin named Bowdy struggles to free his brother Brock, whose upper body is stuck underneath. The youngster looks under the chest of drawers and looks around and at one cringe-worthy moment he climbs on top of it as the dresser rocks back and fourth on top of the child.
Bowdy tries to lift it, pull it and finally he’s able to push the furniture enough for his brother to roll out from under.
Kayli Shoff told KSL TV that she did not hear the dresser fall and did not know it had landed on one of her boys until she looked at the video taken by the camera in the boy’s room. “I usually hear everything,” she told the television station. “I didn't hear a cry, didn't hear a big thud.”
On his Facebook page, Ricky Shoff said the couple was hesitant at first to share the video but they felt it would help bring awareness to a common problem. Shoff called the video “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,” he wrote.
Neither boy was hurt.
“Everybody needs to bolt your dressers to the wall. We just didn't think about it,” said Kayli Shoff. “We just want to spread awareness to this one accident that happened and hope it doesn’t happen to any other families,” she said.
So far, more than 1.5 million people have looked at the video.
The full clip, which includes the moment when the dresser tips over, can be seen here.
Baker writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune