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Mom honors daughter's memory by promoting TV safety

"The hardest part is every day waking up and she's not here."

Keisha Bowles is haunted by the accident that took the life of her two-year-old daughter, Chance.

"I remember picking up the dresser and throwing it and picking her up. But at that point she was unconscious and vomiting the things she ate for dinner," says Keisha.

Chance's six-year-old brother Brandon saw it happen while Bowles took a brief trip to the bathroom.

"And three minutes later Brandon came in the room and said the TV fell," Keisha said.

Brandon said his sister made a staircase out of his dresser because she saw something on the TV she wanted.

An E.R. doctor unsuccessfully tried to stabilize Chance for hours.

"We had to make the decision to take her off the life support, and that was the hardest thing I've ever done," said Keisha.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 38,000 people are treated each year because of "tip-overs."

Furniture and appliances are like playgrounds for kids. The key is to harness them.

Keisha says, "A TV falling on a child is like falling from a ten-story building, when it hits them."

Buy and install low-cost anchoring devices to brace TVs, dressers, bookcases and other furniture.

If anchoring is not possible, place all televisions on a sturdy, low base as far back as possible.

"Had we known it happens so often, we would have done something to prevent it," says Keisha.

For her, Chance lives through her new mission. She started the foundation "Another Day, Another Chance" to bring awareness to tipping dangers.

"We just don't want another family to go through what we went through," says Keisha.

Some stores offer easy-to-install kits to prevent tipping.

Click here to visit Keisha's "Go Fund Me" page.

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