Chris Brown contributed to this story
PORTLAND — Becca Keen Cunningham doesn’t want any other family to go through what they did. Her son Thomas fell out a window on the second floor of their Vancouver home on a warm afternoon in 2010 when he was three years-old. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and had to relearn basic skills.
Thomas leaned on a screen and fell 15′ head first onto the concrete below. He was at Randall Children’s Hospital for two months and was in intensive therapy for another year before he could walk and talk again. Now seven, he’s doing much better.
It can even happen to families of firefighters. Thomas’ dad Jason works for Portland Fire and Rescue.
Becca wants her family’s horrifying experience to be a lesson for others. She’s written a book, “If Kids Could Float” and read it to kids Wednesday at the hospital’s safety center.
“I don’t believe that it’s primarily the kids’ responsibility to keep themselves safe from window falls, so the most important part of the book is at at the back, which has all the details about what the parents need to know,” said Keen Cunningham.
Thomas’ 10-year-old sister Bailey is now a full-fledged evangelist for window locks and guards.
“It’s just nine dollars that could save your kids life. So I really think they should just get it, and they come two in a package.”
More than 3,300 children six years-old and younger are injured falling from windows every year in the United States. In Oregon, over thirty are admitted to the trauma system. April 6th through 12th is National Window Safety Week.
Legacy Health has compiled these resources for parents.