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The devastated family of a ‘selfless’ mother-of-two have paid tribute to her after she suffered a cardiac arrest out of the blue. Shaynah Olyvia Smart had been at Notting Hill Carnival for an hour when she collapsed after telling her cousins “my heart feels a bit funny”.
She was taken to a medical tent at the event on August 28 before being taken to St Mary’s Hospital in nearby Paddington, where she died.
The 28-year-old leaves behind two young boys, two-year-old Jaziah and seven-year-old Jeshane.
Speaking to MyLondon her aunt Melanie says they are feeling lost without her.
She said: “She was an incredible mum, she loved them so much and it’s heartbreaking that Jaziah will grow up not really knowing who she was.
“It all happened so quickly, I got a call saying she was being taken to hospital but by the time I got there she had passed away.”
Her boys now live with their dad as they come to terms with the loss.
Melanie added: “Jeshane knows what’s going on and he’s pretty down at times, which is hard to hear when he calls us.
“Jeziah knows mum isn’t there but he’s so young he doesn’t know why, which is heartbreaking.
“We’re putting a book together and we’re going to collect as many videos together as possible for him for when he gets older.”
A post-mortem was not able to pinpoint exactly what caused the sudden cardiac arrest.
Her family say doctors have not been able to spot any obvious triggers and she had drunk very little alcohol that day.
They are now raising money to give Shaynah’s boys the bright future she wanted for them.
All donations to the Gofundme page will be transferred to a Junior ISA in their names to help with further education or anything they may need in the future.
Melanie said: “We just want to ensure that the boys have a secure future as that’s what Shaynah would have wanted. There have been so many generous people donating and we’d like to say thank you.”
When asked about what she will miss about her niece, Melanie said: “She was loyal and selfless, often she would help others out so much that she forgot about herself. She was also really bubbly and had an extremely dry sense of humour.”
Shaynah, was born in College Park but lived in Kensington with her boys, and had been doing an apprenticeship with Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s children’s services team.
Melanie said: “She was doing really well, I think because she’s just naturally a very caring person. She was working hard to make that a career and were told after she died that they were planning on offering her a permanent position.”
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