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Mother on mission to warn parents about window dangers

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A 6-year-old girl is recovering after she fell out of a second-story window at a Beaverton home on Sunday night, police said.

A Vancouver mother, who heard about the girl's story, wants to share a similar experience involving her son from several years ago so that it doesn't happen to another family.

Rebecca Keen Cunningham set up a small table inside the Burgerville restaurant on the 6700 block of Northeast 162nd Avenue in Vancouver on Monday night. As part of a fundraiser for the STOP At 4 Campaign, she passed out information to parents about how they can keep their kids safer around windows.

It's a difficult lesson she learned firsthand in October 2010.

"It was fall, but it was a warm day," Cunningham said.

Cunningham's son Thomas, who is now 7 years old, fell out of a second-story window at their Vancouver home and landed on a concrete patio head first, she said.

"I thought I was watching my son die," Cunningham said. "I didn't know. His eyes were fluttering closed, and instantly I thought 'Don't let his eye close. He's going to leave us.'"

Her son suffered a skull fracture and severe brain trauma, Cunningham said. He was in a medically induced coma for eight days, spent weeks in the hospital and went through months of outpatient and home therapy. But miraculously he survived and is now enjoying time with his sister and twin brother.

"I can't fix what happened to him. I can't take it back, but I can help prevent other families from having to go through what we went through," Cunningham said. 

A 6-year-old girl fell out of a window Sunday evening along Snowy Owl Lane in Beaverton, police said. The girl hit an eave and a car before landing on the driveway. She is expected to be OK, police said.

Each time Cunningham hears about a child getting hurt, her mission gets stronger.

"I'm sharing what I feel is our biggest failure. And the reason I'm sharing it is it's very easily preventable," Cunningham said.

Cunningham wrote a book called If Kids Could Float and is now working with a campaign called STOP At 4 to raise awareness.

Luckily, her son is still here, Cunningham said. But she knows not every parent has or will be as fortunate.

"(My son) still has a little bit of lack of sensation, which may or may not come back," Cunningham said. "But we're happy that's all we're dealing with."

For more information about the STOP At 4 Campaign and how you can purchase Cunningham's book, click on the related links.

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