Heartbroken family pay tribute to ‘selfless’ mother-of-two, 28, who died from cardiac arrest at Notting Hill Carnival after telling her cousins her heart felt a ‘bit funny’

  • Shaynah Olyvia Smart had been at Notting Hill Carnival on August 28
  • She suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington
  • Shaynah had been at the festival for only an hour and had drunk little alcohol

A heartbroken family have paid tribute to a ‘selfless’ mother-of-two, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest at Notting Hill Carnival. 

Shaynah Olyvia Smart, 28, had been at the carnival on August 28 – which returned this year after a two-year hiatus – for an hour when she told her cousins her heart was feeling ‘a bit funny’.

She went into cardiac arrest, causing her to be rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where she later lost her life.

Shaynah leaves behind her two sons, Jeshane, seven, and Jaziah, two.

Her aunt Melanie told MyLondon: ‘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.

Heartbroken family members have paid tribute to ‘selfless’ mother-of-two Shaynah Olyvia Smart, who died after suffering an ‘out of the blue’ cardiac arrest at Notting Hill Carnival in August

‘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.’

Shaynah, who was born in College Park but lived in Kensington with her boys, was undertaking 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 we were told after she died that they were planning on offering her a permanent position.’

Describing what she’ll 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.’

A post-mortem report was not able to pinpoint exactly what caused the sudden cardiac arrest. 

She had drunk very little alcohol that day and doctors have not been able to spot any obvious triggers, according to her family.

Shaynah, who was born in College Park but lived in Kensington with her boys, was undertaking an apprenticeship with Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s children’s services team

Her boys now live with their dad as they come to terms with the loss. 

Melanie said: ‘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.’

Friends and family have been raising money to give Shaynah’s boys the bright future she wanted for them. 

You can donate here and all money will be transferred to a Junior ISA in their names to help with further education or anything they may need in the future. 

‘We just want to ensure that he 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,’ Melanie said.

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