Miss England beauty queen stung on bum by deadly jellyfish and left in agony

A Miss England beauty queen was left stranded on an island for two days after she was stung on the bottom by a deadly jellyfish while on holiday.

Pratishtha Raut, from Hounslow, West London, was left in agony moments after she enjoyed an idyllic experience of swimming with dolphins in the Indian Ocean island paradise of Mauritius.

The 28-year-old decided to swim back to shore on her own and was attacked by a suspected box jellyfish on the last day of her trip on January 28.

Pratishtha was rushed to hospital after she developed a rash that felt like "boiling water", which left her unable to walk or sit down.

Victims of an encounter with a box jellyfish could die within minutes of being stung.

Speaking about the ordeal, she said: "I was taking my time swimming, enjoying the wonderful view of the beach when all of a sudden I felt something on my lower body, thought it was just seaweed so swam past it.

"Then my legs started to sting in agony, I thought maybe it’s insect bites and blisters which are reacting from the sea saltwater.

"As soon as I got to my room I looked down to see the area that was hurting and to my surprise, I had a rash all on my legs and bottom."

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She added: "In a matter of minutes it started to spread. I went to the hotels' medical team who were so amazing with their quick response.

"The pain from the sting was unbearable, it felt like someone poured hot boiling water on my body and the skin started to melt. I couldn’t walk or sit properly.

"Unfortunately due to the uncertainty of the jellyfish sting reaction the hospital doctor decided to observe me overnight and gave me loads of medicine to help ease the pain, to stop the spread of the reaction so I missed my flight."

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Pratishtha won the trip, which was delayed by Covid, to stay with Lux Hotels & Resorts in Mauritius for raising £10,000 for charity in Miss England 2019.

She has since made a full recovery and returned to the UK following the trip, which she had won as part of reaching the finals of Miss England.

Pratishtha added: "I wanted to say thank you to the staff at Lux Resorts , they really were amazing, they even delivered me a dinner to the hospital and made sure I was okay throughout."

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The model and her beauty pageant friends were unaware that there had been a warning issued by local media about Box jellyfish in the area – which can cause paralysis, cardiac arrest and even death.

Box jellyfish can grow up to 10ft long and their venom is among the most deadly in the world, containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells.

They are mainly found in the coastal waters off Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific and can live up to a year in the wild.

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