A metro toddler remains in critical condition after a TV fell on top of her.
For Sarah Kuyrkendall the day began like most and ended like none other.
“They were watching dinosaur train on TV and we had planned to go to Ledges State Park that day and in a blink of an eye it was gone, the day was,” says Kuyrkendall.
Sarah’s 2-year-old daughter Aleena was playing in the living room with her sister when she pulled a large older television on top of her.
She was rushed to the hospital, but much of the damage was already done.
Aleena went without oxygen for 45-minutes, causing severe brain damage.
“The part that is affected is her motor skills, walking, talking, and they’ve told me that they don’t think she’s ever going to wake up, that’s she’s never going to walk again, or talk again but I believe different,” says Kuyrkendall.
Although she remains on a feeding tube and ventilator, Aleena is showing some signs of progress.
Doctors say Thursday she started taking breathes on her own this week.
Sarah thinks having Alenna’s 4 year old sister by her side has also helped keep everyone’s spirits up.
“It was emotional for me, but she just held her hand and sang to her,” says Kuyrkendall.
Sarah wishes she could turn back the clock to that Sunday morning, she’d do things differently.
She hopes by sharing her story, other parents will be spared similar pain.
“Bolt your stuff down, TVs, dressers, it’s the simplest thing that could save a child’s life, and no mother should have to go through this, no family,” says Kuyrkendall.
As a result of staying by her daughter’s side, Sarah has lost her job and the medical bills are piling up.
A fund has been set up to help the family under Aleena Coe’s name.
You can donate by visiting any of the Community State Bank branches across the metro.