HILLSBORO, Ore. – A 4-year-old boy was in critical condition Friday, the morning after a 36-inch TV set fell on him as his father was fiddling with the cables.
The boy was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Thursday evening after the TV fell, causing a large bump on his head and rendering him unconscious.
The TV was especially heavy because it was a tube-style, not flatscreen, and weighed as much as 200 pounds. It tumbled from the family’s home entertainment center while the boy’s father was behind the center, fiddling with cables, police said.
Neighbor Monique Scott recounted how she revived the boy while waiting for paramedics. She ran over to the boy’s home in Hillsboro after hearing commotion.
“I just heard screaming ... I live right here, peeked over the fence and I was like, ‘Do you need me to call 911? What’s going on?,” Scott said.
Scott said she rushed over and found the family in hysterics. The boy was on the ground in the front yard cradled in his mother’s lap. The mom and dad didn’t know what to do.
“He wasn’t breathing … his eyes were open,” she said. “There was no pulse.”
She told them to calm down and started performing CPR on the boy.
By her third round of chest compressions, she said the boy had fluid and blood coming from his nose and mouth and he began to breathe again. Soon after, paramedics arrived.
Children being injured by falling furniture is more common than you would think. According to a report released last year by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, one child dies every two weeks after suffering injuries from falling furniture.
Of those children, 84 percent were under the age of 9. The largest percentage of accidents happened in a bedroom and the majority of incidents involved a TV set.
The number of injuries is also high. The safety commission estimates there are 71 injuries every day.
In fact, between 2009 and 2011, more than 43,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for these type of accidents.