Miss England Drops Crown To Work As A Doctor Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
In an act of selfless humanitarian gesture, Bhasha Mukherjee who was crowned Miss England in August 2019 has returned to medicine to serve as a doctor in light of the coronavirus crisis.
The 24-year-old Kolkata-born beauty queen decided to put a pause on her charity work and pick up a stethoscope instead.
She took a break from her medical career and do charity work instead when she won the crown but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed her mind.
She took a career break as a junior doctor after competing in the Miss World pageant in December 2019. Mukherjee represented England at the pageant after winning Miss England.
In an interview with American news network Fox News, Mukherjee said that it wasn’t a tough call for her to take.
“I’ve been to Africa, Turkey, and India was the first of the Asian countries I was going to travel to. After India, I had several other countries that had to be cut short because of obviously the coronavirus. I knew the best place for me would be back at the hospital,” the 24-year-old said.
It all started when Mukherjee was in India for four weeks in the month of March. That was when she started receiving messages from her colleagues at the Pilgrim Hospital in England.
Mukherjee’s colleagues were working long shifts and facing challenges they never had before.
“I really wanted to join the task force right away,” the young doctor said.
In an interview with CNN, Mukherjee expressed that it felt wrong to be wearing her Miss England crown as the world is fighting with a deadly pandemic.
“When you are doing all this humanitarian work abroad, you’re still expected to put the crown on, get ready… look pretty.”
“I wanted to come back home. I wanted to come and go straight to work.”
She found her way back to the UK on Wednesday after working with the British High Commission in Kolkata to find a flight from India to Frankfurt, then to London.
She will self-isolate for two weeks before returning to work as a doctor in Pilgrim Hospital.
She specialises in respiratory medicine but said doctors are currently being rotated to wherever they are needed.
The UK is one of the worst-hit countries by the pandemic. The country has recorded more than 50,000 coronavirus cases.
The Prime Minister of Britain, Boris Johnson tested positive for the novel coronavirus on March 27.
Johnson was shifted to the ICU and was put on oxygen support after his symptoms worsened on April 7.