The nurse who was found dead after a prank call to the hospital where Kate Middleton was receiving treatment, earlier this month, reportedly had a history of suicide attempts. The Daily Mail reports today (Sunday) Jacintha Saldanha tried to take her own life at least two times in the last year.
According to reports Saldanha, a 46 year old mother of two teens, made two failed suicide attempts last winter. In December 2011, a newspaper in her native India reported Saldanha overdosed on pills while visiting her family there around Christmas. She was treated and released from the hospital, but nine days later, reportedly made a second suicide attempt by jumping from a building. The nurse is said to have been treated for head injuries at Father Muller Medical College Hospital. “We didn’t know about the first incident, but we knew about the second incident at Father Muller,” Saldanha’s brother is quoted as telling Daily Mail on Saturday. Following that incident, the nurse was reportedly prescribed a nine month course of anti-depressants. (Saldanha’s family has previously said she did not have a history of depression.)
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It’s unclear if Saldanha was still on anti-depressants when her body was founding hanging in her hospital accommodations on December 7. Her husband and children, who did not live with her during the week, reportedly had no idea she was involved in the royal hoax — which made headlines around the world. Source says she was so ashamed and embarrassed by the prank she did not reveal her involvement to her family. New reports indicate she tried to hint at the hoax by pushing them to “watch the news.”
As rootshed.com has been reporting Saldanha was working the hospital switchboard when two Australian radio DJs called in. They were posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles in an attempt to get an update on Kate Middleton’s pregnancy condition. Not realizing it was a prank phone call, Saldanha transferred the pair to the Duchess’ nurse who released an update on her condition. The royal prank call quickly went viral and even drew a joke from Prince Charles.
Three days after the hoax Saldanha was found dead with three suicide notes nearby. The Australian DJs at the center of the hoax received an outpouring of threats and reportedly went into hiding and were put on suicide watch. They made a tearful apology following Saldanha’s death.