This is one of those amazing videos that capture a moment few would otherwise believe. Two Utah twin boys were playing in their room when a dresser fell over, trapping one of them. The other brother then comes to his rescue. He calmly assesses the situation, attempts some rescue options, and then finally pushes the dresser off of the trapped boy.
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Toddler Brock Shoff is the one who came to the rescue of trapped Bowdy. The video was posted to Facebook by Ricky Shoff, the boys’ father. “I’ve been a little hesitant to post this,” he wrote. “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. Please share.”
While some are praising the parents for posting the video, others are dubious about the video’s veracity. Critics are asking why the dresser is empty. Perhaps that’s why it was so easy to tip. The camera does seem to be focused precisely on the action, and not the main are of the room–though that might be explained by editing.
Others, including the Daily Mail, are reporting that the video may be a sales tool for the video equipment used to film the whole episode. Some have asserted that the father has financial ties to the company. A viral sensation like this would be lucrative, for sure.
Yet one fact is apparent on the video. The second brother is bright. His cool demeanor is evident, and his strength and determination is admirable.
Either way, the dangers posed by falling furniture is real.
The Mail spoke with Kimberly Amato. Her daughter Meghan, three, was killed by a falling dresser in 2004.
Amato set up a charity that works to prevent these disasters.
She told Mail: “My initial thought was it’s a miracle that Brock survived and was not seriously injured.”
“He was one of the lucky ones and that should in NO way give parents a false sense of security thinking a child can always survive a dresser tip-over.”
“Although it was an amazing demonstration of twinship and resourceful brotherly love, it could have ended up being much more tragic, especially if that child had been alone.”
“The brother attempting to move the dresser also could have moved it the wrong way and caused the one under the dresser to become more injured, or, he could have become a victim, too.”