The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released a statement regarding the death of hospital receptionist Jacintha Saldanha, who mistakenly transferred a prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room on Dec. 4. According to a new report, Jacintha’s death on Dec. 6 is suspected as a suicide.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are speaking out on the death of Jacintha Saldanha. DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian from Sydney’s 2Day FM station, claiming to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, successfully prank called Kate’s hospital room on December 4 after Jacintha, a mother of two, patched them through. The DJs spoke to Kate’s private nurse at King Edward VII Hospital and were given actual information on Kate’s condition. Unfortunately, the receptionist who patched through the call has allegedly committed suicide as she was found dead on Dec. 6.
Jacintha was found dead near the hospital at 9:30AM on Thursday Dec. 6, according to TMZ. Paramedics arrived on the scene, but were unable to revive the woman. Scotland Yard is treating the death as a possible suicide.
Prince William & Kate Middleton Release Statement
“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.”
King Edward VII Hospital Releases Statement
“It is with very deep sadness that we confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha. Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII’s Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues. We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital had been supporting her throughout this difficult time.”
John Lofthouse, the Chief Executive at the hospital, added, “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much loved and valued colleague.”
Lord Glenarthur, the Chairman of the hospital, said, “This is a tragic event. Jacintha was a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. She will be greatly missed.”
The Prank Call Backstory
During the phone call, you can hear DJ Mel posing as Queen Elizabeth II saying, “Hello, I’m just looking after my granddaughter, Kate. I wanted to see how her little tummy bug is going.”
It’s unclear exactly what the nurse told Mel, but she says the nurse, “was giving us real information,” that left her in shock.
“We were very surprised that our call was put through,” Mel is quoted as saying. “We thought we’d be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents.”
King Edward VII Hospital’s Response To Prank Call
On December 5, the hospital released a statement confirming the prank caller had been transferred to Kate’s nurse on December 4 and a short conversation with the nurse took place.
A spokesperson added :”This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols.”
Australian Radio Station Apologizes for Prank Call
On Dec. 4, the radio station issued an apology on its Twitter feed, saying: “2Day FM sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the inquiry to Kate’s hospital, the radio segment was done with light-hearted intentions, we wish Kate and her family all the best and we’re glad to hear she’s doing well.”
Bonnie Fuller believes we shouldn’t solely blame the DJs, since they had no way of knowing the tragic consequences that would occur.
The Duchess of Cambridge is currently at home, resting with Prince William, after receiving treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition involving nausea and vomiting, a more severe form of morning sickness that some women suffer from during early pregnancy.
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