Prank Call Nurse Jacintha Saldanha Reportedly Tried to Commit Suicide Twice Before

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We were all shocked and saddened when the nurse who answered a prank call at the hospital in London where Kate Middleton was being treated for extreme morning sickness committed suicide.

But now it's being reported that the nurse had tried to kill herself two other times before the fateful call. Apparently the nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, may have been a lot more fragile than anyone, even her family, realized.

The UK Daily Mail is reporting that Saldanha first tried to commit suicide last year during a trip to India. She reportedly took an overdose of pills and was rushed to a hospital but she survived. Then, nine days later, she apparently jumped from a building. She was reportedly then prescribed anti-depressants.

She was also apparently so ashamed about being caught up in the prank call, in which two Australian DJs pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles and got some sensitive information about Kate Middleton's condition out of another nurse, that she never even told her family about it, despite speaking with them on the phone.

Nor did Saldanha tell her family about the previous suicide attempts. Apparently the family thought she was in the hospital for blood pressure problems. Saldanha's brother told the Times of India:

Jacintha never wanted the family to know of the incident and we played a behind-the-scene role. Even this incident was not discussed at home for the knowledge of it would have hurt my ailing mother Carmine.

If it's anything the Newtown tragedy has taught us it's to be wary of what some of the media reports, and I couldn't trace the origins of this particular story back to any solid source that makes me believe it wholeheartedly. However, it would make sense that Saldanha had other issues going on before the prank call. It's hard to believe a woman would leave her husband and two children behind because of a silly prank no one would even remember in a couple of weeks -- unless she had added pressures. Her suicide notes allegedly talked about her treatment at the hands of the hospital where she worked.

Whether or not her suicide was a direct result of the prank, it just highlights the fact that you never know who you're dealing with when you make someone the butt of your jokes. It might be someone who thinks it's hilarious. And it might be someone who is going through a difficult time and it unintentionally spirals his or her emotions into a dark place. The DJs couldn't have known they would spark this kind of reaction. But the next time any of us wants to pull a prank, we should think carefully about what the unintended consquences might be.

Would previous suicide attempts, if they happened, help explain things?


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bills... billsfan1104

If you couldn't trace the story to a credible source, why write anything?

Why not for a couple of days, just print positive and heart warming stories?

nonmember avatar D

I'm am seriously so sick of hearing about this story! This woman obviously had serious mental issues and needed help. To even remotely insinuate the DJ's have any fault in this is just ridiculous. This story is being so blown out of proportion just because this woman worked at the hospital where royalty was being cared for. The media just keeps digging and digging for a story when there really isn't one.

Vegeta Vegeta

Truth bills.

Anyway if you knew stuff about eastern views, sometimes it's better to kill yourself than to bring your family shame. It dosent make much sense to westerners but your reputation is a really big thing. That's probably why she didn't tell her family.

ms_da... ms_danielle_j

Billsfan do you ever anything nice to say? You need an effing hobby and a Xanax....go sit down somewhere. Anywho...I digress. This poor lady committed suicide and now her family is left to deal with a whirlpool of emotions and unanswered questions. My heart goes out to them. They are in my prayers.

nonmember avatar andie

@ms_danielle, I second your comment. Poor bills, she must be such a lonely, miserable little thing. She never has anything nice to say about anyone. SMH

bills... billsfan1104

Andie and Ms.Danielle, you too must be miserable people following me and stalking my every word. You guys must need help. And on the Eve of Christmas.

Funny how I didn't even say anything bad or nasty. And again I get attacked.

ms_da... ms_danielle_j

@billsfan: no unfortunately the TWO of us are not company to your miserable table of one. Sorry sweetheart :) please proofread your insults before attempting to hurl them at us! Merry Christmas :)

ms_da... ms_danielle_j

@billsfan: and by the way it's clearly YOU that doesn't have a life and is miserable. It's a shame that every article written on The Stir you find so offensive and manage to create some drama that supposedly revolves around you. You're not that special...

Rona Connelly

@ms_danielle and nonmember from andie, what the hell are you 2 talking about?? billsfan said nothing bad. It was a good comment to say please write nothing if you can;t find a credible source. I for one happen to agree with billsfan. Why is the writer of this article writing anything if its not coming from a credible source? Why are you 2 finding this a bad comment?

bills... billsfan1104

Ms Danielle, I do not comment on EVERY article.  And not EVERY article do I say something.  I am offended by what you said.  Very offended.  I didnt even say anything.  What did I say wrong on this article??


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