We all love her smile… you just can’t help but smile back when you see it! It’s Shantina Rose MacArthur’s wonderful and amazing magic that softens our hearts, reminds us to celebrate differences and teaches us acceptance and generosity. There’s no scale to measure the actions she has inspired in others. Her magic is the value she adds to the lives of all of those lucky enough to know her.
This is her story...
Shantina was born in January, 2007 with Down’s Syndrome and a congenital heart defect. She required surgery at just 4 months of age for a AVSD repair. At 4 years of age, Shantina required another surgery to remove excessive scar tissue that built up in her heart and interfered with normal heart function. Unfortunately, her rapid growth has now put extra stress on her heart and on October 10th she will have her 3rd surgery before her 12th birthday. There’s also the great possibility that Shantina will need a mechanical valve which would require her to take Warfarin medication for the rest of her life. Her doctors expect that her recovery will take at least 6 weeks but, with all these uncertainties, her Super Mom, Louise Parent, desperately needs our support. Louise is a hardworking single parent who also works full-time as an Education Assistant with B.C. School District #46 (Sunshine Coast). She is not only incredibly dedicated to the care and needs of her own children, but to all of the children in our community. Louise has had to take a leave from work to focus on Shantina’s care in Vancouver, while she is in B.C. Children’s Hospital and also during her ongoing recovery at home in Gibsons. Your support is urgently needed and would be greatly appreciated in assisting Louise with loss of income, her stay in Vancouver (pre and post-op), ferry, other travel expenses, food, medication, home support, and most importantly, maintaining their mortgage payments and household bills to relieve any and all fears of losing their home during what is already a very stressful time in both their lives.
B.C. Children’s Hospital regularly performs miracles and has saved Shantina’s life before, for this we are eternally grateful, but nothing compares to the power of a mother’s love and devotion. No one is more deserving of our help than Shantina and Louise. Please share their story and help if you can.
Thank you for your love and prayers and we are so very grateful of any contributions to this amazing heart family!
May every soul, regardless of ability, shine bright!
❤️ We love you Shantina!❤️
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