Kate Middleton nurse who received prank phone call found dead, suicide suspected.

 

Kate Middleton nurse who received prank phone call found dead, suicide suspected.

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A nurse, Jacintha Saldanha who transferred a prank phone call from two Australian dj’s  Mel Grieg and Michael Christian from Sydney radio outlet 2Day FM about the well being of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge has today been found dead two days after the dupe. At present her death is believed to be the consequence of suicide.

According to  the UK’s dailymail the body of Jacintha Saldanha was found at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital, where she worked, just before 9.30am today.

The King Edward VII hospital, who were not believed to be disciplining the mother of two over the incident, said it announced her death with ‘very deep sadness.’

Releasing a statement the hospital offered the following: ‘Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well respected and popular with all over her colleagues.’

It is understood that Jacintha had worked at the King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years. She was considered an excellent nurse by her peers and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues.

John Lofthouse, Chief Executive at King Edward VII’s Hospital, added: ‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague.’

Lord Glenarthur, Chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital, offered: ‘This is a tragic event. Jacintha was a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. She will be greatly missed.’

Pursuant to the prank call, in a bid to quell viewer remorse and disgust at once again relentless media targeting of Kate Middleton the Australian radio station went on to apologize for the ‘inconvenience’ that the call caused.

Said the outlet: ‘2Day FM sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused by the enquiry to Kate’s hospital. The radio segment was done with the best intentions and we wish Kate and her family all the best.”

It is also understood that the radio outlet, as owned by Southern Cross Austereo has a checkered history involving content, having been disciplined three years ago when a 14-year-old girl was coaxed, on-the-air, into admitting she’d been raped.

Ultimately one has to wonder about the consequences of the media straying too far from decorum and courteous righteous behavior in causing distress and peril to innocent victims. Maybe it was all in good jest and maybe the outlet couldn’t resist the jibe and raising its ratings but one has to wonder should it now be forced to accept responsibility for their actions? Or to put it another way, shouldn’t the outlet at least wondered about the affront, and potential damage it risked causing with this simple ‘prank?’ Which raises another question, how and what exactly has the media landscape morphed into these days….?

Then there were these comments via the web that caught my attention as well:

This death is all to do with how the media and others poured scorn on the ladies at the hospital who handled the call, and about how the hospital managed things with her. The prank was innocent fun, and should have been laughed away as the Princes of Wales did. The DJs had no idea that this might be the consequence. My heart goes out to all who have to live with the consequences that could never have been predicted.

 

Oh jeez. It was a prank call that wasn’t even directed at the nurse. I feel horrible that she died, and I feel awful for her family. But seriously, calling for the DJs’ heads is ridiculous. The woman blew this -way- out of proportion, the DJs didn’t do anything that would reasonably lead to anything like this. Ridiculous….   
 
Why in Heaven’s name would somebody kill themselves over something like this, leaving behind two children and a husband? I feel bad for the nurse, but why would she have even remotely believed that falling for a prank means more than being alive for her family? I’m more astounded by her actions than those of the DJs.   
 
So Mel and Michael……are you laughing now?? Was it funny Ha ha?? .As you two jokesters spend time with your families this holiday think of how Ms. Saldana’s family will be spending theirs. Some pranks are as bad as bullying. You should be fired indefinitely ……and wait for Karma to get you.   
 
I agree the DJs should be held accountable. Over here in the states it could be for involuntary manslaughter or something of that sort. My prayers are with her and the Duchess because you know she has to be feeling incredibly sad over this. People should really think before they act.   
 

I love how all of you perfect little princesses with your over developed senses of propriety get all indignant about something that YOU don’t happen to agree with, especially when it comes to something as subjective as art or comedy.
Radio jocks and tv shows have been doing this kind of stuff for decades. We, as a society, have got to stop making people “victims” who have no accountability for their own actions. No one in a million years would expect a stable, healthy person (especially working in health care) to take such an extreme reaction. Unless of course, her job was threatened by the hospital, in which case THEY own as much of this. In short, get over it.   

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  • Holly B

    This is really so sad and if she left a note in which she cited this event as the catalyst for her suicide, I hope these djs can be somehow held accountable. Rotten shits .. the lot of them!
    Now I suppose we’ll be on countdown till the conspiracy nuts start with “the palace had her killed” .. just like they did w/ Princess Diana.

  • Mick

    Anything to boost the ratings eh fellas? Well Mel and Mike, let’s see how popular you are now. Your stupid and crass efforts didn’t take into account that a diligent, sensitive, caring professional might not cope very well with being duped into appearing unprofessional. I hope you get the recognition you deserve.

  • CR

    So Your view is the DJs – by ringing up the hospital and posing as the Queen to extract personal information about a pregnant patient who may or may not be seriously ill – is just a bit of fun, is it?
    This being a commercial organisation who thought it would be good radio.
    they assessed that the majority of Australian listeners who do not particularly like the British Royal family would think they are fair game.
    This is exactly the sort of old Fleet Street trick that media in the UK DON’t do now for the rightful moral outrage felt by people over their intrusions – yet I guess you feel it’s fine for a radio station to do it as then it’s just a prank.
    I doubt you’d call phone hacking a prank would you? Obviously no.
    So the ONLY people responsible are the other media for the way they twisted the innocent jape is it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=682292373 Andrew Martin

    I think it’s really depressing that the 14 year old girl who was re-victimized by that station doesn’t even get the time of day. Not then and not now. Heinous. I seem to be the only ones shocked. Just shows how much hate is out there. Nobody cares.