Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2021. 12:55 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belizean nanny Arcellie Muschamp is recovering from brain surgery after being plowed by a pickup truck in Brooklyn, New York, while saving the one-year-old baby she was taking for a stroll.
Fifty-two-year-old Muschamp, who is from Punta Gorda, was left lying on the pavement after being rammed by the pickup truck, but the baby was safe in his stroller, reported the New York Daily News.
“Celi is currently hospitalized with critical injuries at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and we are seeking to raise funds to assist her family with costs related to her medical care and recovery,” said Patrick Mulllen, the father of baby Rowan Duhaime, who set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Muschamp which has now raised over US$62,500 even though the initial goal was US$25,000.
According to the Daily News, when Muschamp saw the truck coming straight toward the baby, she pushed the stroller which came to a stop against cars that were parked by the intersection of Union St. and Fifth Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Muschamp was reportedly taking the baby home for her daily nap when the pickup knocked her down at about 10:40 on Monday morning.
Katie Duhaime, the mother of baby Rowan Duhaime, said she is not surprised that Muschamp saved her baby at her own expense.
“That is 100% her nature, to put others first,” said Duhaime. “She’s been a part of our family for the past year without question. She’s wonderful, she’s a super-loving nanny … I just hope she pulls through. We got so lucky finding her.”
“Our son Rowan was amazingly unscathed in the incident and based on eyewitness accounts Celi helped save him from almost-certain serious injury or death by pushing his stroller out of harm’s way as the vehicle approached. The doctors have called it a miracle and Celi is truly our hero,” Mullen wrote on the GoFundMe campaign.
Arcellie’s daughter, Rahzel Muschamp, said her mother had successful brain surgery at the New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and was recovering in the intensive care unit.
However, her brother Tito Muschamp, who is asking people on social media to pray for his sister, said that Arcellie is in an induced coma and is still critical.
Rahzel told the Daily News that her mom who migrated to New York from Belize in the 1990s is now a US citizen. She has worked as a nanny for the last 20 years.
Witness Larry Weissman told the Daily News that the driver of the pickup truck was speeding and that Muschamp’s fast reaction saved the baby.
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