Prank Call Nurse Jacintha Saldanha's Suicide Notes Reveal the Source of Her Anguish

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Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who committed suicide after getting caught up in a prank call made to Kate Middleton's hospital room, left behind three suicide notes. And now some of the details of those notes are coming to light. It's finally confirmed that the motive behind her suicide was indeed the call. However, her ire wasn't directed at the source of the prank -- the Australian radio DJs who pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles in order to get another nurse who was in the Duchess's room to divulge personal information about her. No, her feelings were directed elsewhere.

Reportedly, Jacinda criticized senior colleagues at the hospital where she worked, King Edward VII, for her treatment following the prank. The hospital has stated previously that Jacinda was not reprimanded, but it doesn't sound that way. Perhaps she wasn't demoted or fired, but certainly something was said to her, and whatever it was, Jacinda wasn't happy about it. Combine this with the fact that it appears that the hospital didn't immediately inform Jacinda's husband, Ben, about her suicide, and it's no wonder that the family is said to be "furious" with the hospital.

A source told the Daily Mirror:

One of the letters, which is the longest, deals with the hospital and is critical in its tone. Needless to say, Ben wants a full inquiry into what happened, and he wants to make sure the truth comes out. Within the letter Jacintha calls into question some of the treatment she received at the hospital.

Another suicide note details how she struggled to "come to terms" with the prank call. And yet another leaves instructions for her funeral.

We all want to look for whom to blame when anything bad happens. Who is to "blame" here? The hospital? The DJs? The public who tittered over the call? People like me who wrote about it? Who, who, who? We don't seem to want to accept that people make their own choice about suicide -- especially an adult (Jacinda was 46). It's tragic, yes. And, yes, events conspired to send Jacinda's mind into a dark tumultuous place.

Perhaps it is a good reminder for us all to treat each other a bit more kindly. When I first listened to the call, I thought it was just dumb and silly and funny. Not for a moment did I really consider the real people who were talking to the DJs -- and what their life might have been like with their employers after the call. I've always had understanding employers and just assumed that the nurses wouldn't be held accountable or treated poorly. One cannot assume that everyone is as lucky in their work situation.

This is a good reminder for us all. Let's all think before we speak, before we write, before we go off on someone we hardly know. I've been guilty of it (try being a blogger and not having strong opinions, often negative, about people in the news). We all do it in our personal lives. We gossip. We spread rumors. We get online and take out anger on people we don't even know or call people names just because we disagree with them.

Let's think about it.

Do you think the hospital is at fault?

 

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