Kate prank call nurse ‘blamed Australian DJs in suicide note’

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LONDON — The nurse found hanged after falling victim to a prank radio call by two Australian DJs targeting Prince William’s pregnant wife Catherine left a suicide note blaming them for her death, it was reported on Sunday.

The handwritten note from Jacintha Saldanha was addressed to her managers at the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, where Catherine was being treated for acute morning sickness in December, the Sunday Times newspaper reported.

In one of three letters she left behind, the Indian-born nurse wrote: “Please accept my apologies. I am truly sorry. Thank you for all your support.

“I hold the Radio Australians Mel Greig and Michael Christian responsible for this act. Please make them pay my mortgage. I am sorry. Jacintha.”

At an initial hearing in December, the inquest into the 46-year-old’s death heard that Saldanha was found hanged with a scarf from her wardrobe in staff accommodation near the hospital.

She also had marks on her wrist, and there were no suspicious circumstances over her death.

Saldanha had accepted the hoax call from the DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and William’s father Prince Charles, before passing it onto a colleague who divulged details of Kate’s morning sickness.

The broadcast of the call made global headlines and Saldanha was found hanged three days later, triggering a major backlash against the radio network and the hosts.

The Sunday Times said that in another of the suicide notes, the nurse said she did not blame her colleagues for the distress that drove her to kill herself.

The other reportedly contained instructions for her funeral, which took place in India.

The inquest was due to resume on Thursday but media reports said it may be delayed.

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  • Cano Manuel

    Why would a radio prank a hospital?

    • ARIKUTIK

      Because they wish to laugh, Donk !

      • Cano Manuel

        well, who’s got the last laugh now.

        You are such a knucklehead of the day.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Not anymore because the Royals killed her ! weeeeee……… byeeeeeee f*cking swindler !

      • Cano Manuel

        Thanks for sparing me the energy to say that to yourself.

  • buttones

    How can the DJ’s be blamed? The woman hung herself over a trivial matter, silly woman!

    • wawa2172

      Its an issue of medical patients record confidentiality that only family members should have access. The DJ’s did an inappropriate thing by conspiring to act as members of the royal family that cause the nurse to divulge the medical findings of the Kate through phone. The nurse was so disturbed and affected by her action and it would cause her employment at the hospital. The indian nurse, perhaps an overseas contract worker, work hard to be employed at the hospital and the DJ’s hoax call was so damaging to her. I could understand her and she was disorganized with what happened. Hindi trivial matter ang nangyari it was a serious one done by stupid DJ’s that needs to be hanged with a tie wire in an electric post for public viewing. She is not a silly woman, she take her job seriously and knows the meaning of privacy. You are a woman right? You should understand her situation unless you are not serious with whatever actions you do in relation to your job.

      • buttones

        I take your points but cannot agree she took her job seriously in regard to the privacy matter- obviously she didn’t. The DJ’s were pranksters, in hindsight stupid but the call should have been stopped before it got that far- had had the callers insisted then the nurse should have referred the call to her supervisor. No I don’t think she is a contract worker, not that it matters. In the light of recent information it makes you wonder why the employers didn’t know the nurse had suicidal
        tendencies anyway, I would have thought that in a prestigious hospital with its
        VIP clients the vetting and personality profiles would have been very strict. The triviality I mentioned was actually the matter of the worst case scenario of the woman losing her job, which compared to the outcome is trivial, not the
        breaking of the strict rules. Yes the DJ’s started the ball rolling, but they
        cannot be directly to blame for what happened- we shall see what the Coroners inquest findings are.

      • Cano Manuel

        You have no idea what ethics is. Do you not realize or understand that you could lose your job for breaching patient privacy and confidentiality (all the more of a patient who happens to be a member of the Royal family)?

        So yeah, if you do not value your profession, why be serious over privacy and confidentiality?

        Knucklehead!

      • buttones

        Had the woman known a little more about ethics
        she wouldn’t have acted in the way she did……and it’s no use blaming someone else for the actions that she took. Inconsistent? I believe these DJ’s were not directly responsible for the woman’s suicide. That’s it and it’s of no use either you throwing your rattle out of your pram and hurling insults because you don’t agree with my view. Maybe you should be on anti depressants…

      • Cano Manuel

        If you meant direct as being physical, then I think you are screwed. If you honestly believe it was the “highest authority” of the land, would you not disclose the information knowing that that authority figure is a relative of the patient?

        Picture yourself in her shoes.

        You see, in the practice of medicine, a patient’s state is whatever they perceive it is. You cannot disregard that. If she blamed that particular incident, then you should believe that incident had a lot to do with her “depression”.

        Sometimes it can be very annoying to hear people who think they know more than those who actually know more.

      • buttones

        I think you may find this woman actually didn’t disclose anything-
        she passed the call to the ward, [wrongly assuming who it was] and another nurse actually spoke to the hoaxers- who has not as yet committed suicide- In her shoes? Well I don’t know, I/she may not have stopped to think that the Queen and Prince Charles do not communicate over public telephone lines, she may have been flustered, I mean who knows? The incident had little to do with her depression, the woman tried to commit suicide twice in 2011. Directly meaning physical? How can that be? The DJ’s were not even in the UK, by directly I meant directly as in being the sole reason.

        “Sometimes it can be very annoying to hear people who think they know more than those who actually know more.”
        Yes indeed that can be really, really annoying….

      • Cano Manuel

        Exactly.

      • panhase

        Hello, this is Prince Charles. Well my dear buttones, you got a lot of flak recently but be assured of my unwavering support. I am with you on this.
        By the way the cherry trees are blooming at the moment.

      • buttones

        Hi Chuck! Yes a bit of flack at the moment seems two Oz DJ’s are getting more than they deserve, nothing I can’t handle. Regards to Cammy by the way and see you at the christening, and DON’T forget the invitation! The one you sent of Kate and Wills wedding never arrived, and I spent a day and 400 peso down at the okey okey for that one, so this time send it through the British Embassy if you don’t mind- thank you…your Royal Highness, Sir- whatever…Respectfully etc etc

      • Cano Manuel

        lol

      • buttones

        Well I least I brought a smile to your face Cano…!

      • ARIKUTIK

        The hidden truth of the matter IS > the DJ’s did not really caused her suicide nor the hospital chief. The threat of deportation by the order of princess is shame to the max. The power that be killed her but the far away DJ’s are convenient scape goat.

      • panhase

        My dear buttones, I am really sorry you did not get the invitation for the wedding. We have been waiting for you, see mom wanted chat with you. She was worried that maybe something happened to on the long journey. We are all glad that you are well and kicking and willing to come to the christening of that child, what´s his name? Or is it a her? Never mind. The invitation is with the Ambassador, I have informed him that you are coming over to get it.
        If you did not gain to much weight you might be able to wear the dress you selected for the wedding, so you will be able to safe a peso or two.

        Sincerely yours and all that…

      • ARIKUTIK

        Her actions speaks of irresponsible telephone attendant. Instead of quizzing the caller. She passed around the caller to escape responsibility. A common Indian trait.

      • buttones

        You seem to have worked with a lot of Indians, as I have as well, and what you say has a lot of truth in it…

      • Sepilok

        She didn’t “breaching patient privacy and confidentiality”, she transferred the prank call to the nurse looking after the Duchess. It was Catherine’s private nurse that released the details, not Jacintha

      • ARIKUTIK

        If she takes her job seriously then the mistaken identity will never happen.

    • Vincent Tuason

      from which planet are you?

      • Cano Manuel

        She escaped from a psyche ward.

    • opinyonlangpo

      Guilt, honor and dignity may not be a part of your culture, its difficult for you to understand.

      • buttones

        It’s got nothing to do with the things you mention- the woman was mentally unstable, she did not take her life for reasons of rational ‘honor’, the woman was a high risk suicide victim on antidepressants…we’ve all made ‘silly’ mistakes in our jobs and lives but we don’t kill ourselves

      • Cano Manuel

        Not everyone is as “stable” as you are, but she’s definitely more understanding and more rational than you think you are.

      • opinyonlangpo

        I take it back, I mean it is impossible for you to understand.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Everyone is a sinner or commits foolish things in life. If that is enough reason to end an existence then there’s no need for RH law…. yeheyyyyyy >>>>>>>>>>>

      • http://twitter.com/GoldenRimz GoldenRimz

        I love the way this person just comes in like they’re the woman’s PR and starts spouting off bullshit like they know what they’re talking about. “The woman was mentally unstab–” shut up, please.

      • Sepilok

        “Saldanha had reportedly attempted suicide twice before. She had taken an overdose of pills on 30 December 2011 during a family trip to India. After that attempt she was rushed to a private hospital in Mangalore and treated for “self harm”. On 8 January 2012 she is believed to have attempted suicide again and was treated at Father Muller Medical College Hospital for head injuries suffered in a “fall”. ”

        If that isn’t signs of being mentally unstabile, then I’m not sure what is. She also wasn’t the person that divulged the info – she transferred the call to the nurse looking after the Duchess

      • buttones

        I’m just relaying the facts that have been reported, the woman in question was under medication she had tried to commit suicide twice in 2011, this is NOT an indication of mental stability it is a indication that somebody is unstable and basically not well. And if I were her PR I would hardly be saying that would I – think about it. People who have a tendency to attempt to commit suicide, who are under medication, are NOT stable, they are actually sick and need help which is why they are under medication- geddit?

      • Kirat

        Sadly, these are not the same Australians who c-c-c-c-c-coached the K-k-k-k-k-king through his s-s-s-s-s-s-speech. :(

      • buttones

        T-t-t-t-true, d-d different days, different s-s-strokes….

    • ARIKUTIK

      The suicide note states, “….. please make them pay my mortgage…” The note clearly implies that she was kicked out by the hospital and become so worried being jobless with out money to live by ….. Naturally she choose death rather than be a homeless beggar.
      The heartless unforgiving hospital chief drove her to death.
      Not the DJ’s in far away land.

      • Cano Manuel

        The hospital did what it was supposed to do. It is not called “heartless”. It is industry standard, f*cking retard.

      • ARIKUTIK

        Para nag comment lang “f*cking retard” na agad, waaaahhhh…. ang lupit talaga, ikaw ang heartless to the bones as in nakiliti ng aking dila ….. nya….hahaha….. pag bugok nga naman lalabas na ugok …. eeeeewwwwww…………

      • Cano Manuel

        OK fine, you are not retarded. Just dumb.

      • ARIKUTIK

        The DJ did what they are suppose to do but never did they ever terminated the monthly money for the nurse. The hospital chief killed her !

    • Luthmar

      I have always thought that you were a sensible and reasonable person. How could you say she was a “silly woman.” She was terribly embarrassed by what those DJs did. She could have been sanctioned by the hospital for giving away very private and confidential information about Prince William’s wife.

      • ARIKUTIK

        A creature from India to be embarrassed ? You need to travel the world Boy! Anyone can spit on their face but still the creature will be laughing and dancing as though nothing happened but take away a Cent from their pocket they will die of sorrows.

        She was kicked out by the hospital manager and died of money sorrows.

      • buttones

        Well thank you but I hope I still am. The events as I see them are that the nurse in question broke a cardinal rule that all hospitals usually have on disclosure of patient’s condition/ records to people who are not close relatives. I forget the details but this was a blind call from someone pretending to be related and she transferred the call to a ward nurse. I say ‘silly’ because she broke a serious rule; it was a silly thing to do. She may have been reprimanded by her employers, I doubt fired, but really don’t know. It now transpires this woman had mental health problems, the DJ’s could not have possibly known, her employers didn’t either that the woman was unstable. And now we see from her suicide letters she
        is blaming the DJ’s, and hoping they will pay her mortgage, not often you see
        that in a suicide note. And her selfish act over a triviality has destroyed her
        family also-who are the victims in this tragedy, clearly she was mentally
        unstable, she had tried suicide twice before. It makes you question why the
        nurse was allowed to work at all- No you cannot blame the DJ’s for this woman
        taking her own life, it was a series of events and circumstances that nobody
        could have envisioned.

      • Guest

        You are very inconsistent and you are a coward. You can’t even stand for your own beliefs.

      • Sepilok

        she didn’t give out the information, she transferred the call to the duchess’s private nurse – who divulge the info.

      • Luthmar

        I understood what I have read. She was part of the “cordon sanitaire” (as the French would say). If she did not transfer the call, no info could have been divulged.

      • Sepilok

        The point is she was not facing disciplinary action. The hospital had already stated that she wan’t going to be subjected to disciplinary action.
        “hospital management offered her their support, and told her that they considered her the victim of a cruel hoax. They stood by her actions, and made it clear there was no criticism of her, and that there would be no disciplinary action of any kind.”

      • Sepilok

        Here is a UK report about the event

        “Mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was on reception duty at the London hospital where the duchess was being treated when presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian rang in December, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles and asking for a condition report.

        Not seeing through their low-quality impressions, Mrs Saldanha put them through to a nurse helping treat the duchess for morning sickness.”

    • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

      have you read the issue? silly woman!

    • Cano Manuel

      What is so silly about suicide?

  • ryq24

    I think the nurse already is suffering some psychological problem and this prank call just push her even further to the edge!

    • Sepilok

      she had tried to commit suicide twice before this – so yes she was suffering some psychological problem. She wasn’t the one that divulge the information, she just transferred the call to the nurse looking after the duchess

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    media worldwide is like this. just because they have the microphone, they thought that they can do everything…

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    punish the australian prank callers

  • penoy2012

    You can’t trust australians. they will do everything but down under.

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