Who was Arcellie Muschamp? Hero Brooklyn nanny, 52, sacrificed her life to save infant
'The doctors have called it a miracle and Celi is truly our hero,' the infant child's father noted
Arcellie 'Celi' Muschamp, a resident of Brooklyn, is being hailed as a hero after she sacrificed her own life while saving a one-year-old child. Muschamp, 52, worked as a nanny with Patrick Mullen's family and was strolling with his son Rowan when the accident happened. She was pushing the stroller with baby Rowan in it when she spotted a truck coming their way at high speed. Muschamp managed to push the stroller out of harm's way in time but unfortunately, she herself was struck by the speeding vehicle.
The accident happened on December 20, 2021, and Muschamp battled for life for over two weeks in the hospital, before succumbing to her injuries on December 31. The baby's parents offered their gratitude to Muschamp on a GoFundMe page, saying, "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."
Muschamp originally hailed from Belize City in Belize but later settled in Brooklyn, New York. She attended the Brooklyn College Academy in NYC and later started working as a nanny. She was a married mother and her daughter Rahzel remembered her as the "most selfless person ever."
"I had a chance to look at her cellphone recently and I looked at her pictures and 60% of them were of the child she was caring for. That shows she loved these kids so much," Rahzel Muschamp told New York Daily News.
Rowan's father Patrick Mullen further noted her indelible sacrifice, saying, "My wife and I will forever consider her the guardian angel of our son Rowan, whom she saved through her actions and sacrifice. Our thoughts remain with her family and children during this time. Bless her soul."
New York Senator Chuck Schumer also lauded Muschamp's selfless act after learning about the news of her death. "Celi Muschamp is a hero.
She was brave, selflessly saving the life of a 1-year-old she cared for.
I’m praying for her family and her loved ones. And we will keep working to make our streets safer from traffic violence," he remarked.
The tragic accident took place on December 20, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, where Muschamp was struck at Union Street and Fifth Avenue. She was rushed to the hospital soon and went into an induced coma shortly afterward. She was surrounded by her family and loved ones throughout the 11 days when she was battling for life in the hospital.
Muschamp's sister Yolz Aleman shared a heartbreaking post on Facebook after her death, saying, "[I'm] sitting down here just thinking about the beautiful relationship I had with my beautiful Sister. We would just talk and laugh giving each other jokes telling me about her kids and how much she love me and will always be here for me...I will forever love you sleep in perfect peace little Sister our Hero till we meet again."