Baby Curren’s story is a devastating cautionary tale.
When golden-haired, two-year-old Curren Collas died in an accident in his own bedroom, it turned his family’s world upside down.
It also prompted them to issue a safety warning to other parents across the globe — a call now backed by Swedish furniture giant IKEA.
Curren, from in West Chester, Pennsylvania, was crushed to death in his own bedroom after a popular piece of furniture toppled onto him on 25 February 2013 and pinned him to a bed.
Now his mother Jackie Collas has written of the tragedy, describing the heart-stopping moment she walked into her son’s room to discover he had been killed by the six-drawer MALM dresser.
Ms Collas wrote on her Facebook page:
“I saw that his body was trapped underneath the dresser. At that point I started screaming. His head was trapped between the edge of the bed and all of the weight of the dresser was laying across his neck.
I tried ripping the dresser off of him. It took me a couple of tries to pick it up. I wedged my body between the dresser and Curren so I could scoop him up. I tried to pick him up like I normally do, but his little body and neck was so floppy…
His face was completely purple from broken blood vessels, but he was still warm. I placed him on the bed and tried to feel for a heart beat. At the time I was still screaming and uncontrollably shaking… I’m not sure why they say check for a heartbeat.
I was shaking so bad I would of never found one. I picked him up in my arms and rushed downstairs. I immediately called 911 and began CPR.”
Cullen is not the only child to have died as a result of similar IKEA products. Last year, a 23-month-old child from Washington died after he became trapped beneath a three-drawer MALM chest — and the Daily Mail reports that in the US, IKEA and the consumer panel have received 14 reports of tipover accidents involving MALM chests.