UK Nurse In Kate Middleton Radio Prank Call Committs Suicide

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Aug 9, 2011
ondon (CNN) -- A nurse at the hospital that was duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs concerning Prince William's pregnant wife, Catherine, has apparently committed suicide, the hospital confirmed Friday.

The nurse "was recently the victim of a hoax call," King Edward VII Hospital said in a media statement.

The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in the prank call, in which some details of the Duchess of Cambridge's condition and care were given.

The nurse who died was the person who first took the hoax call and transferred it through to Catherine's ward, the hospital's public relations company said.

The hospital named her as Jacintha Saldanha and said she had worked there for more than four years as an "excellent nurse," who was well respected by co-workers.

The hospital "had been supporting her throughout this difficult time," the statement said.

The Duchess of Cambridge was discharged from the hospital Thursday after treatment for acute morning sickness.

A St. James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha.

"Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time."

Separately, a palace spokesman told CNN: "At no point did the palace complain to the hospital about the incident. On the contrary, we offered our full and heartfelt support to the nurses involved and hospital staff at all times."

The hospital's chief executive, John Lofthouse, said, "Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague."

London's Metropolitan Police said they were notified around 9:35 a.m. (4:35 a.m. ET) on Friday that a woman was found unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are treating the death as "unexplained," they said.

Audio of the call posted online suggested a woman spoke briefly to the DJs, who host a show for the 2Day FM radio station in Sydney, before the call was put through to the ward early Tuesday morning.

The hospital said Wednesday that it deeply regretted the call had been put through.

Read more: Radio DJs pretend to be queen, make prank call to Catherine's hospital

The radio show apologized for the call Wednesday, saying it "was done with light-hearted intentions."

Its two DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, continued to tweet about the call on Thursday and earlier Friday, promising "more on the #royalprank." By Friday evening, a spokeswoman for the station told CNN in a statement that the pair will "not return to the show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy." She said Greig and Christian were "deeply shocked" by the incident.

The Twitter accounts for the pair were taken down.

Talking about the call on air Thursday, Greig said: "They were the world's worst accents ever. We were sure 100 people at least before us would've tried the same thing. ... We were expecting to be hung up on -- we didn't even know what to say when we got through."

Angry comments have been posted on the 2Day FM Facebook page since the news of the nurse's death broke.

"This death is on your conscience," reads one post. Another says, "Blood on your hands."

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Nov 20, 2011
Hospital turns on DJs after royal nurse's suicide


Are 2Day FM hosts Greig and Christian really to blame for Jacintha Saldanha's death?

LORD GLENARTHUR, the chairman of the King Edward VII hospital, has damned an Australian radio station's "truly appalling" decision to air a prank call which may have led to a nurse's apparent suicide on Friday, reports The Sunday Telegraph.
Jacintha Saldanha, who was found dead in nurse's accommodation near the London hospital, is thought to have taken her own life. Days earlier she answered the phone to presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Sydney 's 2Day FM.
The DJs, who were pretending to be Prince Charles and the Queen, asked for news about the Duchess of Cambridge who had been admitted to the hospital suffering from acute morning sickness. Saldanha transferred their call to another nurse on the Duchess's ward, who gave details of her condition.
Rhys Holleran, chief exec of Southern Cross Austereo, which owns 2Day FM, said yesterday that the station "could not have reasonably foreseen" their prank having such consequences. He said that prank calls were a radio "craft" which have been "going on for decades and decades".
But in an angry letter to the network, Lord Glenarthur said the call resulted in the "humiliation of two dedicated and caring nurses". He wrote: "King Edward VII’s Hospital cares for sick people, and it was extremely foolish of your presenters even to consider trying to lie their way through to one of our patients, let alone actually make the call."
"Then to discover that, not only had this happened, but that the call had been pre-recorded and the decision to transmit approved by your station’s management, was truly appalling."
Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday claims the two DJs have gone into hiding after being deluged with abusive comments from the public. The paper says that presenter and former model Greig is "close to a breakdown".
The DJs will be required to make a formal statement to the police and are said to be receiving "professional counselling". A PR for the radio station said that Greig was "very vulnerable", adding: "She is in a very fragile state and we are concerned for her."
Sarah Sands, editor of the Evening Standard, speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show this morning, agreed with Lord Glenarthur that the nurses were not a reasonable target, saying: "It’s one thing bringing down the pompous and the powerful but it’s another [to use a hoax call] to contact a hospital”.
The Independent on Sunday sounds a note of caution, pointing out that "some commentators have warned against linking the hoax call directly" to the nurse's death because suicides usually have a number of contributory factors. But the BBC said Saldanha had been feeling "lonely and confused" after the call.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Jenny McCartney says not only was the call "stupid" and humiliating for the nurses - it was also "an attempt to obtain private medical information by trickery".
And McCartney says it is "pointless to pour Twitter-mob loathing" on the DJs, who she believes will already have learned their lesson. She adds: "They are like gormless children who tied a sparkler to a dog and then watched, open-mouthed, as it savaged a stranger." ·

Read more: Hospital turns on DJs after royal nurse's suicide | royal baby News | The Week UK

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