Miss England resuscitates collapsed woman at Walsall celebrity football match

By Jordan Reynolds | Walsall | News | Published:

Miss England came to the rescue of a woman who collapsed at a celebrity football match in Walsall.

Miss England Dr Bhasha Mukerjee with the Mayor of Walsall demonstrating the WASUP sign

Wearing a sparkly dress, tiara and sash, Bhasha Mukerjee helped to resuscitate a woman whose pulse had dropped at the charity match at Rushall Olympic Football Club.

A team of Wolverhampton Wanderers veterans and stars from Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks played matches against Midcounties Co-operative's senior teams on Sunday.

But a woman at the event became unwell and Bhasha stepped in to help, along with Prof Rashid Gatrad, a consultant child specialist at the Manor Hospital.

Bhasha said: "It was a horrible rainy day and I was going around the stalls chatting to people and having pictures and all of a sudden someone came up to me and said I was needed in a professional basis.

"I turned up in the kitchen and I had this little short dress and my crown and sash on and I got in there on my hands and knees getting ready to resuscitate the lady.

Miss England, Dr Bhasha Mukerjee, with Prof Rashid Gatrad and a first-aider from St John's Ambulance

"Her pulse was very weak and her blood pressure had gone really low and she was hardly breathing.


"We had to ask her husband questions to try and work out what could have caused her to collapse and get her in the right position and gave her oxygen.

"It wasn't clear what caused it. We re-positioned her and raised her legs and she started to come around.

"Then the ambulance crew turned up and she went to hospital."


Bhasha as a junior doctor. Picture: Instagram/bhasha05

Prof Gatrad said: "Bhasha was totally professional and very knowledgeable although she only qualified as a doctor two months ago.

"The woman was in very serious danger at the time, it was very hot in the kitchen.

"Bhasha was asking all the right questions and was very useful."

Bhasha said she received a warm welcome from the Black Country.

She added: "Even though it was wet and cold the welcome that we got was really warm. I usually get a mixed reaction, people thinking I'm a bimbo beauty queen, but when they find out I'm a doctor and there to raise money for charity it changes."

Bhasha was in the area as she had attended a gala held at Norton Canes High School the day before hosted by Prof Gatrad, who is also the founder of WASUP – Walsall Against single Use Plastic now World Against single Use Plastic.

Prof Gatrad added: "Her agenda is awareness of diabetes. This resonates very well with one of the tenets of WASUP which is to clean up the environment to ensure that people can go for walks, fishing etc - a form of social prescribing that the NHS is keen on, to help decrease loneliness, dementia and obesity."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.


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