‘I get a bit fearful and say stay home’: Rita Ora admits her doctor mother is her ‘hero’ for returning to work amid the coronavirus crisis as she describes her ‘frantic and crazy’ frontline work
Her mother has returned to work as a psychiatrist with the NHS and is currently on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis.
And Rita Ora spoke candidly about her mum Vera Sahatciu’s current situation during an appearance on Extra, which she made via video link on Wednesday.
The singer, 29, explained that she sees the impact of the global pandemic ‘first-hand’ through her ‘hero’ mother, 55, and said things have been ‘frantic’ and ‘crazy.’
Candid: Rita Ora admitted on Wednesday that seeing the coronavirus crisis first-hand has been ‘crazy’ but gushed about ‘hero’ mother Vera returning to work amid the pandemic
Rita said: ‘People are coming in sick more than ever, especially the elderly. My mother’s been pushed forward.
‘She’s actually a psychiatrist and so for her to have to rush to the emergency is not obviously her day-to-day thing, so as you can see they are that desperate to have all different types of doctors helping from all over.’
Going on to talk about how her mother unwinds after a tough day at work, Rita went on: ‘She comes home, takes her clothes off, jumps straight into the shower. It’s a different way of living for right now.’
Rita has also signed up as a volunteer for the NHS as it’s ‘nice to also be able to help’, though she said of her concerns: ‘I think every day for her is a risk… I get a bit fearful and say, “If you don’t feel up to it you can stay home…”
What a hero: Rita’s mum Vera Sahatciu has returned to her previous role as a psychiatrist in a bid to help those struggling with their mental health during these difficult times
‘She feels obliged as a doctor to go and lend her services… I check in and say, “How are you feeling? Please keep your distance…”
‘It’s scary, but for her she believes in God and faith… She really is a hero for me.’
This comes after Rita revealed on Friday that she and her older sister Elena, 31, have signed up in a bid to do their part in the fight against the pandemic.
Gushing: Rita said of her mother (pictured in July 2019) ‘She feels obliged as a doctor to go and lend her services… It’s scary, but for her she believes in God and faith… She really is a hero’
Speaking to Hello! magazine earlier this week, the chart topper branded her parent a ‘superhero’ for returning to the frontline, saying: ‘My mother has always been my hero, but this pandemic has honestly made her a superhero in my eyes.’
She further gushed: ‘She is so brave and has been through so much on her own. Yet her generosity to help others just cements what I know what my mother is capable of. I’m so happy the rest of the world has now got to see it too.’
Meanwhile, Rita described the role she and sister Elena will play as a volunteer, saying they will ‘deliver medical supplies, collect prescriptions, check on the elderly and make phone calls to lonely and vulnerable members of the community.’
Vera added that though these are ‘challenging times’, ‘nothing will stop me’ from doing her job unless she’s too ill to continue.
Meanwhile, Rita joined the nation in a symbolic Clap For Carers on Thursday night at 8pm, videoing the moment for her Instagram Stories.
The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged because ‘during these unprecedented times the NHS need to know we are grateful’, the organisers said.
Last week many took to the streets to solely clap for the NHS – but this week the campaign was expanded to applaud all key workers who are helping fight the disease from all walks of life.
Rita stood out in tie-dyed loungewear as she wore a big smile on her face to take a moment for others in need and for her mother in particular.
Doing her part: This comes after Rita revealed on Friday that she and her older sister Elena, 31, have signed up in a bid to do their part in the fight against the pandemic
In an podcast chat with Rita’s friend Vas J Morgan, 31, for @iamenough, Rita spoke about coming to work for the NHS when she came to the UK from Albania.
She said: ‘It was difficult because I couldn’t speak the language but it gave me my self-confidence back.
‘I was a professional woman being a mother and I think that complemented me as a person. So I was pretty happy to achieve that.
‘It is possible to achieve things with a bit of work.’
Vas asked Vera what it’s like to be an NHS doctor working on the frontline during the pandemic.
Helping: Rita said the pair will ‘deliver medical supplies, collect prescriptions, check on the elderly and make phone calls to lonely and vulnerable members of the community’
She said: ‘It has been quite challenging actually. Just because you see lots of services has been reconfigured, reorganised.
‘Stuff has been moved to different places where they are needed the most. Working under those circumstances has been really challenging and very stressful. It’s pretty tiring.
‘It’s something that we are trying to help and support for.’
Vas also asked Vera how the pandemic will have been affecting people with mental health issues.
Support: Meanwhile, Rita joined the nation in a symbolic Clap For Carers on Thursday night at 8pm, videoing the moment for her Instagram Stories
What a woman: Meanwhile, Vas J Morgan spoke to Rita’s mother Vera for his platform @iamenough to ask her about her experiences returning to work for the NHS frontline
She said: ‘I am aware that there are people out there who are already experiencing anxiety due to the stress of the pandemic.
‘This can be a trigger for some people, the ones who are having OCD or general anxiety or social anxiety, a phobia, a huge stress reaction.
‘The symptoms have sometimes increased and you can see the impact that isolation is having on everyone, especially people who have existing mental health problems.
‘Sometimes that makes it very difficult to cope in these very difficult times.’
She said: ‘Working under these circumstances has been really challenging and very stressful. It’s pretty tiring’
Making her return: Vera returned to the NHS frontline amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The healthcare professional is a psychiatrist and former GP
Vera is a psychiatrist and former GP, but is lending support to A&E staff as they battle with the influx of coronavirus cases.
She previously uploaded a video explaining her decision to return as she urged her followers to stay at home to help stop the spread of the virus.
Flashing her NHS card, Vera announced: ‘My name is Vera Ora and I’m a psychiatrist.
‘I’m going back to work tomorrow – I work with mental health patients, however, due to the pressure on the NHS I will be asked to go to the frontline to help with A&E and other departments.
‘It’s a very dangerous time and not everyone is being safe and staying at home and we are becoming overwhelmed with patients coming through and putting everyone at risk.’
She added: ‘Please stay at home and follow the guidelines so I can help, and everyone else can help you be safe. Love you all.’
Concerns: Taking to Instagram, the doctor, uploaded a video explaining her decision to return as she urged her followers to stay at home
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