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Falling TV Causes Brain Injury In Toddler – Mother Warns Others

KXAN News spoke with a mother seeking to raise awareness after her son suffered a brain injury from a falling television.

Details Surrounding the Falling TV that Led to Traumatic Brain Injury in the Toddler

In 2013, Danielle Henchcliffe of Georgetown, Texas, heard a crashing sound coming from her son Stanley’s room. A television on top of a nightstand had fallen on top of then-four-year-old Stanley, leaving him blue and unresponsive. Stanley lived but suffered a five-day coma and traumatic brain injury.

Danielle Henchcliffe surmises that the 32-inch box television fell off the stand due to her son putting his feet in the drawers and rocking it. Stanley’s mother says the incident causes Stanley, now seven, problems with sleeping and has magnified the symptoms of his autism.

She now bolts her son’s television to the wall out of his reach. Her aim is to alert other parents to the dangers of falling furniture.

Stanley’s mother urges parents not to fall victim to the “It can’t happen to me” mindset.

Information on Falling Furniture and Prevention Tips

  • KXAN reports that a Consumer Product Safety Commission study found that tipping furniture is responsible for over 38,000 emergency room visits annually.
  • Two-thirds of these injuries involve children under five years old.
  • The study further found that a child dies every two weeks from being crushed by a piece of furniture.
  • Stewart Williams, manager of the Injury Prevention Program with Dell Children’s Medical Center recommends using a tether to secure the back of furniture onto walls. This includes book shelves, televisions, and dressers.
  • Experts advise that doors are kept closed and latched, to keep heavier items on bottom shelves, and to keep items that might be appealing to children out of sight.

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