After a recent video emerged of a 2-year-old boy who saved his twin brother by lifting a fallen dresser off of him went viral, the parents of children are speaking out.
“We couldn’t believe it. We thought he was hurt somehow,” said Kayli Shoff, the twins’ mother.
The unbelievable footage captured by the family’s surveillance camera has gone viral since father Ricky Shoff posted the video to his Facebook account. It has received more than 4.1 million views on YouTube and shared thousands of times on social media.
Kayli Shoff said that when she turned on her baby monitor she saw that the dresser had fallen on top of her 2-year-old son, Brock. She immediately ran over to the kids’ bedroom where she found the two boys playing as if nothing had happened.
After Bowdy had made several attempts at freeing his brother, he finally succeeded when he used his massive strength to push the large dresser off of Brock. As the parents discussed the incident, they said that they never heard any commotion from the furniture falling on the toddler.
When asked by the interviewer why they posted the intense video, the Shoffs said that while the video was very personal, they wanted to cause “awareness” to what can happen when furniture isn’t secured properly.
The family has since bolted the dresser to the wall, something they took the opportunity to encourage other parents to do immediately.
“Thank heavens it didn’t turn out worse than it did. But if it helps one person or one child from having an accident, then it was worth it,” Ricky Shoff said.
Kayli Shoff said that while she had received many messages from parents saying that they secured their furniture after watching the video, “You can’t 100 percent child-proof a home. I think it hits home to a lot of people. It’s something a lot of people haven’t thought about.”
Shoff, works for Vivint Smart Home, the company that sells the surveillance camera that the family used in their home. He assured everyone that the video was not a publicity stunt.
When Shoff had originally posted the video on Facebook, he prefaced it by saying, “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,” he wrote. “We know Bowdy was not alone in moving the dresser off of Brock. And feel blessed that he is ok.”
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