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Mar 10, 2011

Heart defect threatens life of infant

She is tiny, weighing in at a little under six pounds. Baby Shantel Carr was born three weeks ago, but a heart defect is threatening her life. Her family needs your assistance to be able to afford the corrective surgery required to save her. News Five’s Delahnie Bain met the infant and her family earlier today.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

Shantel Carr

Baby Shantel Carr is three weeks old and weighs only five pounds twelve ounces. And while she was not premature, Shantel is so small that she uses her sister’s doll chair and swing. But this tiny bundle of joy has a heart defect that may have affected her development.

Cynthia Carr

Cynthia Carr, Baby Shantel’s Mother

“In the night I noticed that she had problems breathing, catching her breath and I thought at first that she had a cold. I took her to Matron Roberts and they gave me a little nose drop and the other night I notice she was going through the same problem with the breathing and I got scared. So I got dressed about eleven the night and I took her to the Karl Heusner Emergency.  Dr. Eck was her physician and he looked at all the tests and he listened to her heart and he said that the baby didn’t have a cold or any infection, that there’s a second sound in her heart and they said it could be a hole. They ordered a heart ultra sound and when they did the test they found out that it was the valve—the medical term they said was the pulmonary branch artery stenosis; the valve to her lung was narrowed and ih no di receive di oxygen as it was supposed to.”

Her mother, Cynthia Carr, started seeing the signs a week ago and has been taking precautionary measures.

Cynthia Carr

“Right now weh we si, like when ih breastfeed ih only suck mussy five minutes and den ih stop. He seh di reason why ih do dat dah because ih heart get tired so ih stop. And den I notice ih have spells weh yoh si ih eye roll back and yoh just si di lone white ah ih eye. If not ih foot start to turn blue and when yoh touch it ih cold and wah nurse from abroad mi meet we and she mi tell we dat di reason why ih di do dat  dah because ah di oxygen weh ih noh di get di right way.”

But Shantel will need to travel abroad for corrective surgery in the coming months and since money is not easy to come by, her family has jump started fundraising to meet the expenses.

Cynthia Carr

“We plan right now fi do fundraising every Friday and Saturday at the corner of Cemetery and Curassow and we have a turkey dinner planned for tomorrow and a barbecue for Saturday. We plan fi ask di various outlets like Publics, Brodies already told us we can bring a bottle to do dollar drive and we want  ask di business sector and di public fi support we by purchasing di food items we have on sale.”

Gloria Ferguson, Baby Shantel’s Aunt

Gloria Ferguson

“I would like the public to really help out because I like seh give a little love. She is really loved right now and I know we would miss her if anything would happen; even with the size she still is. We love her and every dollar, every shilling could help. And we would like the help because we want her to grow up and be a part of us.”

And while the medical procedures will be in the hands of the surgeons, Shantel’s family has placed their faith in the hands of God.

Gloria Ferguson

“Every morning I take her in my arms, I put her up to God and ask God that she lives and not die today, that she has good health, that she prospers and everything because I believe in prayer, I believe that God heals and so I put my trust in God an di lift her up to the lord everything.”

Cynthia Carr

“Our whole family is Christian and I go to the Calvary Baptist and we prayed, the church prayed. We pray every day; I have sisters in Belmopan and abroad who are Christian and their churches are praying and I have faith that God will find a way in time for baby Shantel to get her surgery.”

Baby Shantel has to gain twenty pounds before she can undergo surgery. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

Donations can also be made to Belize Bank account number 240572 in the name of Shantel’s father, Lorex Carr. Cynthia can be reached at 626-6218.

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9 Responses for “Heart defect threatens life of infant”


    I wish you and Shantel Carr all the luck in the world, I hope that the public will show a little love and help to safe this child.
    We keep talking about doing the right and change, it all starts in our hearts.

  2. Chance says:

    The prayers will work!!

  3. Belizean says:

    Many rich people in Belize and only the poor and middle class helps!!!! wat a shame

  4. Carrie says:

    Belize, lets all pray for the health of this little angel.

  5. Curious says:

    what happen to the heart center that they hust open at KHMH, was that just a photo op.?

  6. Disgusted! says:

    My prayers go out to the family. Especially Cynthia, Sheena and baby Shantel. Good luck guys.

  7. Shantel Aunt says:

    Praying for my beautiful niece and also doing a fundraiser here is cali I feel soo helpless

  8. Stacey says:

    My prayers go out to this family. It will be rough at the beginning but will get better. God is great just believe. I know how it feels to have a sick child. I am still going through it. Fight for her with all your strength. My daughter was that small but had a different medical issue but has come along way.


  9. Gift of Life Belize says:

    WHEN pray tell, WHEN does Gift of Life Belize ever ask parents to go out and raise the money for their procedure?!!! Look up Pulmonary Stenosis please. A simple issue which can and will be easily fixed through the program for FREE if it is serious enough to require a fix!!! Families are asked – IF they can afford, to to try to take care of passports (only one parent allowed to travel), incidentals, maybe a little pocket money! This to encourage parents to share in the baby’s care and stretch GOL Belize hard earn fundraising dollars. When families can not afford GOL Belize pays for EVERYTHING! Dozens of Belizean families can attest to this fact. Come people PLEASE let’s use our limited resources wisely.

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