The ‘world’s most tattooed doctor’ has claimed that she has faced discrimination about her appearance throughout her career and has encouraged people to ‘be kind’, especially during these difficult times.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Dr Sarah Gray, from Adelaide, has been working on overload and whilst working on the frontline, has kept her followers up to date on her hectic schedule.
Recently, she revealed on Instagram that she had been called in to cover a night shift after she had just been working all day.
The medical worker has asked that in return, her followers stay at home.
She wrote: “To everyone on the frontline working in healthcare during this current pandemic, thank you.
“We stay at work to help you, so please stay home to help us.”
Recently, Sarah has trained to become an orthopaedic surgeon and has said it’s vital people ‘be kind’ and try to ‘smile’ during this uncertain period everyone is facing.
In another post, she posted whilst wearing her scrubs and beamed for the camera. She captioned the post: “A smile can heal 1000 wounds.
“Please remember to BE KIND to others during this difficult time.
“Everyone is fighting their own battles. If we all just do the right thing & stay inside for non essential tasks, stay positive & support one another, we WILL beat this virus.
“Through dark times there is always light.
“We got this!”
As Sarah has been trying to be as uplifting and as positive as possible, her fans have been praising the doctor.
One follower commented: “Hero Sarah! Thank you for all you do and for being an amazing role model/inspiration to so many.”
Whilst another said: “Respect to you and ALL your co workers, big hugs and be safe.”
Meanwhile, a third wrote: “Good on you legend! Be safe and thank you for what you do.”
When Sarah was just 16-years-old, she decided to get her first inking and claims that since then she’s spent over 300 hours under the needle in order to make her body a living piece of art or, as she refers to herself as an “art collector”.
However, as Sarah is a doctor, she says that she has received cruel comments about her appearance, with people insisting it isn’t acceptable as a doctor – despite it not interfering with her work in any way.
Sarah has since stated that she wants to change the stereotypes in the medical profession, as “having artwork on your skin” doesn’t change anything.
In 2017, the part-time model became known for winning Miss Inked Australia and she now has 100,000 Instagram followers. It’s clear that her mission to “spread the word for tattoo acceptance” is having an impact.
She has recently taken part in an interview with Medscape, in which she explained her thoughts on doctors having tattoos.
She said: “Patients, in particular the younger generation, find it can be a good barrier break down and often say they feel I look more approachable than some of the more traditionally conservative doctors.
“I always dress presentably and ultimately if you’re a good listener, have empathy and compassion, having artwork on your skin doesn’t seem to matter.
“It certainly doesn’t make you any less capable at the task at hand.”
In reference to her tattoos when at work, she added: “I find it’s a good talking point, especially a lot of the younger generation of patients that we see, I guess it’s a bit of a barrier break-down between what it is traditionally thought a doctor would look like.
“If you’re confident and competent at your job it shouldn’t really matter what you look like.
“I’m just trying to advocate for being your own person and still being able to work in the medical profession.”
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