Local skater starts fundraiser for mom suffering COVID complications

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– A local teenager is calling on the Las Vegas community for help as her mom battles COVID-19 complications in the hospital. 

Last week, Sheila Shinn contracted COVID-19 and was admitted to Sunrise Hospital. 

Courtesy of Shelzene Shinn

“She started saying she couldn’t breathe,” Shelzene Shinn recalled. “And that’s when I noticed she had to be taken to the hospital.”

Shelzene says her mom is currently listed in critical condition and is on a ventilator.

“I never thought that my drive to the ER with her would end up with her losing consciousness in the waiting room & the staff rushing to find her a bed,” Shinn said.

Shelzene Shinn, 17, is a talented figure skater, who’s spent most of her life on the ice. “I would never trade skating for anything,” she told 8 News Now. 

Courtesy of Shelzene Shinn

She started skating at just four years old and shares the sport with her mom, Sheila, whom she also calls her best friend. 

“Skating is a part of my mom,” Shelzene explained. “So, it makes me think that she is more a part of me.”

Her dad died 3 years ago, therefore, it’s just been she and Sheila against the world. 

Adding to that heartbreak she’s feeling is a concern to make ends meet. 

Courtesy of Shelzene Shinn

“It’s a blessing,” she added. “I’m really blessed to have everyone in the skating community.”

Regardless, it’s just the start of what could be a tough road ahead, so Shelzene hopes her strength and courage in and out of the rink will bring the woman she loves more than anything back home. 

If you’d like to help Shelzene and Sheila, please visit her GoFundMe page.

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