Suicide Details of Prank Call Nurse Jacintha Saldanha Are Devastating

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More devastating details have emerged in the tragedy of Jacintha Saldanha, who committed suicide following getting caught up in a prank call made by two Australian radio DJs to pregnant Kate Middleton's hospital room.

Though it's consistently been reported that she most likely committed suicide, the coroner's report now verifies that Jacinda did kill herself. And the details are utterly tragic.

Jacinda was found three days after the prank call aired, in an apartment she stayed at near the hospital where she worked, King Edward VII Hospital in London, where the Duchess was being treated for extreme morning sickness. Her family, including her two teenage daughters and her husband, lived 120 miles away in Bristol, and she would travel back regularly to see them.

But when her husband, Ben Barboza, didn't hear from his wife one day, he called the hospital and asked a nurse to check on her. The nurse received no response from inside Jacinda's apartment, so he waited for her to return home the next day. When she didn't, Ben again called the hospital, and this time found out about her death. There are questions over why the hospital didn't inform him sooner.

Jacinda had a scarf hanging around her neck that was tied to a door frame. She also had "injuries" (which are not detailed) to her wrists. She left three suicide notes, the contents of which have not been divulged to the media.

It now seems more clear that the prank call sparked the suicide -- Jacinda's husband stopped hearing from her on Tuesday, which was the same day of the call. And the family has already said they believe the call was the cause of her suicide. But we won't know her reasons for absolute certain unless the notes are released.

It's beyond comprehension that a woman would leave her children parentless rather than deal with the fallout from a rather silly prank of which she wasn't even the one to hand out private information. Did the hospital threaten her job? Did she, as the Smiths' coo-coo frontman Morrissey seems to believe, get pressure from the royal family? Was she suffering from other issues like depression? Did her Indian background mean that she would feel extreme "shame" (as her family said) over this honest mistake? She's been described as being very religious, upstanding, and generous.

This tragedy must have producers of TV and radio shows all over the world reconsidering pranks. What is harmless fun to one person might be devastating embarrassment to another.

Why do you think the nurse killed herself?

 

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

I was thinking the same thing about her being Indian. In fact, I had a feeling she was Indian before I even heard her name or saw her picture. And like Fenix said, she obviously had other issues. As much as it makes me feel like a bad person, I'm really not that moved by this incident.

alway... alwayscurious

I feel badly for this woman, but agree with some of the others that she may have had a larger problem. Im.sure I haven't seen all of then, im sure, but in all the pictures I have seen she isn't smiling at all...

alway... alwayscurious

I feel badly for this woman, but agree with some of the others that she may have had a larger problem. Im.sure I haven't seen all of then, im sure, but in all the pictures I have seen she isn't smiling at all...

missy... missybest

I think adults doing these pranks are absurd, first of all.  People need to grow up.  However, I also think it is ridiculous to blame the suicide on the prank/pranksters.  What I see when reading about this woman is someone trying to be "perfect", living away from her husband and children (why?), studying hard, etc., etc.  This woman was too extreme in many ways.  So, one prank and she commits suicide?  Sorry, but I think these controlling religions are dangerous.  They are cults.  My condolences to her family, but wow, just wow!  What was going on in that family to have a prank from others, cause her to commit suicide?  Sad and just totally unnecessary.

Rita Curry

  I think all of this is stupid. The woman had problems, that nobody new about, & thought she couldn't deal with them. She was a very sick woman, that made the biggest mistake of her life, & now she is gone. Suicide is one thing, a person can't change their mind about later. They are dead, with their families having to deal with them. Its just sad.

Kristi Jones Pridemore

Do HIIPA laws even apply in the UK? I agree with
mommy2annaliese. Something more to this story.

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