Posted: Friday, December 31, 2021. 4:34 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Belizean nanny Arcellie Muschamp, who saved a one-year-old baby she was taking care of when he was almost run over by a truck, died earlier on Friday in New York.
Fifty-two-year-old Muschamp had been hospitalized after undergoing brain surgery after she was rammed by the pickup truck in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday, December 20. She had taken the baby for a stroll and was returning home.
Fifty-two-year-old Muschamp was left lying on the pavement after being run over by the pickup truck, but the baby was safe in his stroller after she pushed it away when she saw the truck coming at them, reported the New York Daily News. The stroller came to a stop against cars that were parked by the intersection of Union St. and Fifth Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Arcellie’s daughter, Rahzel Muschamp, told the Daily News her mother had had brain surgery at the New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Arcellie’s brother Tito Muschamp told Breaking Belize News last week that Arcellie was in an induced coma and was critical.
Rahzel told the Daily News her mom migrated to New York from Belize in the 1990s and had become a US citizen. She had worked as a nanny for the last 20 years.
“Thanks to all who prayed and helped,” said Tito Muschamp on Facebook on Friday.
“May the good Lord bless you all. My sister is now with mom and dad. You are a hero, my lovely sister. Only the good Lord knows why he took you. You will forever be remembered. RIP, Sis.”
Muschamp said that though they are from Punta Gorda, the family moved to Belize City when Arcellie was still a teenager. She studied at Pallotti High School.
One day after the accident, Patrick Mulllen, the father of baby Rowan Duhaime, set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Muschamp with her hospital bills. Though the initial goal was US$25, 000 by December 23 it raised over US$62,500. Today, the campaign had raised over US$76,000.
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.”
Unfortunately, Arcellie Muschamp did not make it.
May she rest in peace.
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