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TW SUICIDE: Nurse who died after royal baby prank call committed suicide

4:36 pm - 12/12/2012
The nurse found dead after a hoax call to the hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was found hanged, the Guardian understands.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, a mother of two from Bristol, was discovered unconscious at her nurses' flat near the private King Edward VII hospital in central London on Friday morning.

A postmortem has been carried out, with the results expected to be officially announced at the opening of the inquest into her death on Thursday morning at Westminster coroners court.

The Guardian confirmed a report on Sky News that she had been found hanged. Scotland Yard would not comment on the reports.

Saldanha was the nurse who answered a hoax call to the hospital from two Australian radio DJs in the early hours of Tuesday last week, just hours after the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted for acute morning sickness.

The nurse, who had worked at the hospital for more than four years, was discovered at around 9.30am on Friday morning. Reports that she left a suicide note have not been confirmed.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, and the inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned on Thursday as inquiries continue.

The family of the nurse are set to receive more than £350,000 from Southern Cross Austereo, the parent company of the Sydney station 2Day FM, whose presenters rang the hospital inquiring about the duchess's medical condition and posing as the Queen and Prince of Wales.

Saldanha is understood to be the nurse who answered the call, then, believing she was talking to members of the royal family, transferred it to a duty nurse on the duchess's ward.

The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, have spoken of their devastation over the "unforeseen consequences" of the call. Both are off air at the moment. The station has cancelled its Christmas party, and pledged to donate profits from advertising until the end of the year to a fund to help Saldanha's family.

The hospital has set up a memorial fund to help support her husband and two teenage children.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said on Wednesday the postmortem result "would be announced tomorrow at the inquest".

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kaelstra 13th-Dec-2012 01:08 am (UTC)
This. I don't think this post is necessary.
suwiel 13th-Dec-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Gross. I don't think we really need these details. I'm sure her family is happy.
lizcharlene 13th-Dec-2012 01:30 am (UTC)
This is exactly what I wanted to know, on the contrary. CNN left out nearly the entire story of how this came to be and the cause of death. I was very dissatisfied with mainstream media for being vague and putting it on the front page simultaneously.
vulturoso 13th-Dec-2012 01:47 am (UTC)
I feel like I don't need to know this. :(
lozbabie 13th-Dec-2012 02:22 am (UTC)

Trigger warning

One of the girls I coached choose his method and her mother was the one who found her. I would give everything I have not to know his information (I threw up when told, as I'm told did a number of others) The mental picture I have of her dying and her poor, poor mother finding her are forever ether in my brain and this is not info that should be publically released.
a_phoenixdragon 13th-Dec-2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Oh gods...this whole thing is just terrible and shocking. I just...
piratesswoop 13th-Dec-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
I never know the proper word usage for hanged. The verb tenses are so bizarre to me.
ahria 13th-Dec-2012 04:26 am (UTC)
I learned in HS that "Pictures are hung, people are hanged". Idk, I think it's confusing too.
carminaburana 13th-Dec-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Doesn't mentioning the method of suicide in the post title pretty much negate the trigger warning?
operatic_diva 13th-Dec-2012 08:09 am (UTC)
Fuck 2Day FM, I'm glad that the DJs are off air and that advertisers are leaving in droves... Although it was a shit station to begin with.
poetic_dreamer 13th-Dec-2012 08:30 am (UTC)
Kate is one of the biggest known celebrities in the world and she was that accessible? Seems to me like they have to investigate security at the hospital and also look into the actual cause for this woman's death as she did not answer the call itself she only redirected it. There's a lot more going on here.

Edited at 2012-12-13 08:31 am (UTC)
vivekgk 13th-Dec-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
It's been almost 5 years, but didn't the same thing happen to Sarah Palin, with a couple of Canadian DJs calling her pretending to be Sarkozy? We all thought that was pretty funny at the time.

IMO, pulling this kind of shit at a hospital just isn't funny. It's appalling how assholes from the media think they can do whatever the fuck they want, screw with anyones' lives to get the news they want.

The DJs knew full well that the hospital staff would get the blame for letting the lapse happen. They can't say they didn't know about the shit-storm it would cause, when they released sensitive information about the Royal Family, because that's what happens every time. They should be held responsible, and shouldn't be able to buy their way out of this.
keeni84 14th-Dec-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
It's been almost 5 years, but didn't the same thing happen to Sarah Palin, with a couple of Canadian DJs calling her pretending to be Sarkozy? We all thought that was pretty funny at the time.

Not sure if you implied this or not, but I just want to point out that calling a political figure and pretending to be another political figure is different than calling a hospital and pretending to a current patient's family member. Whether or not Kate Middleton is a "public" or "private" figure, tricking hospital workers (who are private figures) is boneheaded.
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