A Melbourne mother was standing waiting for a train when her six-month old baby's pram rolled off the platform, on to the tracks, just as a train rolled in to the station. CCTV cameras caught the action as the pram was carried 30 metres down the track.
Amazingly, the baby suffered only slight injuries to head. It's quite the miracle he survived. And now Oprah has come calling. Turns out the video has been viewed worldwide and her producers have been in touch about interviewing the mother.
I feel so much for this Mum. I'm pretty sure most of us have taken our eyes off our children for an instant and found them outside the store situated on a busy road, or missing in Target after shopping for socks (both of which have happened to me)! I just hope she is not too traumatised by this. Watching her on the video I felt ill, imagining all the thoughts running through her mind. I hope she turns Oprah's producers down, and just puts this behind her as quickly as possible (which won't be easy, but won't be made any easier if Oprah's involved).
All I would remind Mums with bubs about is using the brakes on their baby's prams. Or, like me, if they no longer work (I think I'm going in to have mine fixed after seeing this), you have to hold on at all times, or park it so you know if it rolls, it's not going far. Sounds simple, and obvious, but it's amazing how often prams roll off (like the Adelaide mother whose child rolled in to the lake in Dec 2006. Unfortunately, he was not so fortunate. If you want to read that story, it's here. Awful).
Thank goodness bubs is safe. That's the main thing. I've posted this story because I think it is a good reminder about safety for us all. Me included.
Until next time...