With nurse Jacintha Saldanha’s autospy completed, reports have emerged that the one-time caregiver for a pregnant princess left suicide notes before hanging herself in the aftermath of a radio prank heard ’round the world.
As early as Dec. 11, a story in the London Evening Standard reported that Jacintha, 46, who was “the nurse at the centre of the royal hoax call scandal left a note to her family before she died.” She was found dead Dec. 7 and her family now wants full facts from hospital officials.
Publicly, representatives for the King Edward VII Hospital — where Jacintha was the senior nurse on duty when the Aussie DJs called at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles — have show shown support for Jacintha. Unknowingly, she transferred the pranksters’ call to the ward where the Kate Middleton was being treated for acute morning sickness.
Following the news that Jacintha left a suicide note after the now-infamous prank made international headlines, her family — husband Ben Barboza, 49, and children Junal, 17 and Lisha, 14 — have come forward to demand all the facts surrounding the situation and the hospitial’s handling of it as it relates to their loved one.
Family deserves full facts from hospital, family spokesman says
“That is not sufficient for the family. There are unexplained circumstances. The family want to know everything. All the facts, fully and clearly,” Labour MP Keith Vaz, who is representing the family, told the Evening Standard. “The hospital needs to be more proactive, a full inquiry is needed and the family need to be included in that.
Per the London paper’s report, Jacintha’s family was “in the dark about the hoax call. They hadn’t watched the news or seen anything about it. They didn’t know they were involved until after Jacintha’s death.”
Further, continued family spokesman Vaz, “They are a lovely close-knit family, a Catholic family who will be spending their first Christmas without their mother, and for Ben, without his wife.”
Autopsy findings suggest suicide
Although it was ordered that her autopsy results were to remain sealed, today, Dec. 13, Daijiworld News reported the following: “According to the report, Saldanha was found hanging by the neck from a scarf on a wardrobe door in her room. She was found dead by a colleague and a member of the security staff at London’s King Edward VII Hospital. …”
The online story went to note, “The report says three suicide notes were found in her room and also emails have been recovered which suggested that she was planning the suicide. The report also said injury marks were found on the nurse’s wrist. The inquest proceedings have now been adjourned till March 26, 2013.”
DJs publicly apologize, station donates to memorial fund
For its part, Aussie radio station 2Day FM, whose now-on-leave DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, made the Dec. 5 prank call, have public apologized for call but are they’re now “under pressure today to come forward and explain why they gave the go-ahead for the prank,” People.com has reported.
Per the Dec. 11 magazine story, “The company (that) owns the station, Southern Cross Austereo, said it would be donating £320,000 to a memorial fund set up in Mrs Saldanha’s name by King Edward VII Hospital,” in addition to canceling its annual Christmas party.
According to the Facebook page of Jacintha’s husband, who is an accountant for the U.K.’s National Health Service, “I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances. She will be laid to rest in Shirva, India.”