Video of Falling Dresser Brings Back Memories for Pediatrician
Cook Children's physician shares her own close call as a warning to parents
When Rebecca Olvera, M.D., saw the video of a dresser toppling on top of 2-year-old twins in Orem, Utah, she couldn't help but think of an eerily similar afternoon nearly a decade ago.
Much like Bowdy and Brock Shoff, Dr. Olvera's twin boys found themselves in a gut-wrenching situation after they were put down for a nap. They were 3 years old at the time and decided climbing on the tall dresser in their room would be more fun than sleeping.
"I had also laid down for a nap and heard a loud noise," said Dr. Olvera, pediatrician at Cook Children's Southwest Primary Care location. "When I ran in their room, one of the boys was trapped underneath the dresser."
She rushed the boys to her pediatrician's office, and luckily both were OK.
When she saw the story about the Utah incident on Checkup Newsroom, she posted the following message on Facebook:
Dr. Olvera's boys are 12 years old now, and the big brothers to twin sisters.
Since 2009, Cook Children's has seen 137 furniture-related injuries. One child even died in 2014 as a result of furniture tip-over.
About the Source
Rebecca Olvera, M.D. is a pediatrician at Cook Children's Primary Care Location in Southwest Fort Worth. She has been recognized as a Mom-Approved Doctor by DFW/North Texas Child magazine in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Find out more about Dr. Olvera here.