Kate Middleton Nurse Commits Suicide: First Pic Of Jacintha Saldanha

Sat, December 8, 2012 9:58am EDT by 62 Comments
Jacintha Saldanha Photo

A photo of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who allegedly committed suicide on Dec. 6 after patching through a prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room on Dec. 4, has finally been revealed! Plus, Australia’s 2Day FM station refuses to fire the DJs who made the prank call, insisting they’re ‘victims’ too!

DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Sydney’s 2Day FM station, who claimed to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles during a prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room on December 4, will not be fired, says the chief executive of Southern Cross Austero, which owns the station.

Southern Cross Austereo, the company that owns the station, released a statement on Dec. 7 saying, “SCA and 2Day FM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from King Edward VII’s Hospital. SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy.”

One day later, Dec. 8, Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo, which owns the station, is elaborating on the DJs “suspension.” Rhys says the presenters were “completely shattered” and had been offered counseling. He added that they will NOT be fired.

Rhys added at a press conference, “These people aren’t machines, they’re human beings. What happened is incredibly tragic and we’re deeply saddened and we’re incredibly affected by that. I think prank calls as a craft in radio have been going for decades and decades and are not just part of one radio station or network or country. No-one could have reasonably foreseen what ended up being an incredibly tragic day. I don’t think anyone could have reasonably foreseen that this was going to be a result.”

Although they did prank call the hospital, Bonnie Fuller believes we shouldn’t blame them for the nurse’s death, since they couldn’t have predicted such a tragedy would occur.

The Prank Call Backstory

The DJs spoke to Kate’s private nurse at King Edward VII Hospital and were given actual information on Kate’s hyperemesis gravidarum condition.

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.”

Prince William & Kate Middleton Release Statement on Nurse’s Suicide

St. James’s Palace also released a statement on the nurse’s suicide, saying, “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.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should the DJs be fired?

WATCH: Nurse Commits Suicide After Prank Call From Australian Djs


— Chris Rogers


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test

Posted at 6:56 AM on March 17, 2013  

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mayz

Posted at 8:03 AM on December 13, 2012  

from other reports looks like public opinion has opened the floodgates between England and Aus to get this issue sorted!

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Precilla

Posted at 9:23 PM on December 12, 2012  

It is a true tragedy that she had to lose her life to a prank, but I cannot bring myself to pity her. She wasn’t thinking of her children nor of her husband when she committed suicide. Despite her emotional state she should have used the gift of foresight to realize that in taking her own life she’d be taking away both a mother and wife from the world, and yet she didn’t. For that she wears the crown of the selfish.

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mayz

Posted at 11:56 PM on December 12, 2012  

so do the pranksters

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mayz

Posted at 12:03 AM on December 13, 2012  

….. the crown of conceit. Am i being serious or am i joking? Broadcasting pranks only with consent from now on is the right thing to do.

 
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CC

Posted at 11:23 PM on December 11, 2012  

Was it gun shot, pills, slitting wrists, does anyone know? I would be curious to know if she had any past history of mental illness or depression. That would be pertinent information to have. If so, that plays a big role here . . .after all, the nurse who mistakenly gave all the information has not committed suicide.

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mayz

Posted at 3:10 AM on December 12, 2012  

Although nice to know, it doesn’t detract from the mis-conduct of the radio station. They broke their own rules. media reports say the radio station attempted to contact the hospital 5x to get consent to broadcast, the hospital has said they were never contacted. Clearly it was dangerous to go ahead and broadcast, thinking not mentioning any names. Isn’t there a well known quote in the movie Planes Trains and Automobiles…… “You can kill a man if you punch him in the guts without preparing him first”. Worldwide media reporting to the level it reached was EXTREMELY dangerous.

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mayz

Posted at 3:15 AM on December 12, 2012  

In fact, if i was that other nurse, I’d seek out those lawyers where you don’t need to pay upfront so they sue the crap out from anywhere they can on principle alone! And if pay out was huge, use it on themselves. on charity, wherever, but not leave it in their pockets.

 
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mayz

Posted at 3:21 AM on December 12, 2012  

Getting their money, now that’s what i call a funny prank !!! Gettin’ into that corporate mentality because obviously there’s a lot of criticism out there that they lacked the right attitude…..and now is the right time to learn from such mistakes……LOL

 
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May

Posted at 11:05 PM on December 11, 2012  

Although this case is just a unbelieveable tragedy, I learnt something from the nurse that integrity and code of conduct for her duty of care existed and well-maintained as far as her life was on. If I were part of her family, I would be so proud of her decision and would call her “the Angel of Integrity”. Her work ethics and life sacrifice should be greately rewarded and recognised by her employer and colleagues. I will be surprised if it will not happen. She has shown the world that her patient’s confidentiality is more important than her life and take immediate responsibility for her own action with dignity. It’s very rare to find this kind of person in the world this day. Someone has made so many mistakes and caused disasters in public badly, he/she still admits nothing at all.

Everyone always said about human-rights and freedom of speak and so on, but how many people will realise the danger of their freedom of speak or action in public and how many people will stay within the boundary of their freedom. Where the code of conduct at Media/radio company is standing, especially when one precious life was gone by that non-sense action and just said a heartless apology on the today tonight program, like that. They’re not even sure that their stupid action had caused someone’s life. They don’t only deserve geting sacked, but they also deserve the tongue off for lifetime. Only money can’t compensate the Angel’s life for this case, I would say. This is very obvious for a serious breach of privacy law. Two persons and the radio team on that day had intentionally planned to do it and it’s definitely beyond the boundary as far as adults are concerned. They, the whole team, deserve a serious punishment or their media license should be cancelled for lifetime. It should not be ignored easily because a young generation may follow the same action and even worse than this case in the future.

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Jennifer

Posted at 12:47 PM on December 12, 2012  

May, your comment is very disturbing. Never before have I read a comment that states a family should be proud that a member of theirs committed suicide. People should not commit suicide if they have made a mistake! Sorrow is usually expressed, not pride! I am glad I live in the western world.

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Grrr

Posted at 9:34 PM on December 11, 2012  

They should be fired. They are the ones to blaim. Its against the law to prank call people.

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mayz

Posted at 5:03 PM on December 11, 2012  

Option 3: Defend others, belittle the notion of pranking to the stupidity it deserves to be treated as. The problem is ppl who are bullied or pranked know the other is absurd, but it still takes time to recoup.

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mayz

Posted at 4:58 PM on December 11, 2012  

Proverbs ch13:12 When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed, but a wish come true fills you with joy.

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mayz

Posted at 4:57 PM on December 11, 2012  

Book of Proverbs ch26:18, a man who misleads someone and then claims that he was only joking is like a madman playing with a deadly weapon.

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mayz

Posted at 11:04 AM on December 11, 2012  

Kudos to people like yourself who have gained the resilience despite, for various circumstances, losing another aspect that you don’t know when or if you’ll be able to recover. This will surely help others in moments of weakness. The hospital statement has asked the media to recognize and accept what’s happened and to ensure it doesn’t happen again. I hope the DJ’s who were participants, as others in media, take heed and follow through, which is the only way to reach atonement. The media needs to at the very least obtain consent by all people involved regarding pranks, better still, use wiser judgement when needed and hold their tongues. I will not feel sorry for them in this respect.

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karentritico

Posted at 5:32 AM on December 11, 2012  

Hello
i known a lot about depression ,BUT THIS CASE HAS NONETHING TO WITH DEPRESSION OR SUICIDE IM SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS WOMAN AND HER LIFE WHEN NEVER EVEN MET HER THIS IS NOT THIS NURSES FAULT THAT SHE TOOK HER LIFE THE WORLD DOES NOT KNOWN HER LETS NOT TALK ABOUT SOMEONE WHO WE DONT KNOWN LET HER FAMILY GRIEVE IN PEACE LETS STOP BLAMING THIS NURSE FOR JUST ANSWERING A PHONE SHE MADE A MISTAKE AND NOW SHES DEAD WE DONT KNOWN WHY STOP TALKING ABOUT HER AND HER FAMILY .IF KATE WOULD OF NEVER OF BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL OR THE RADIO WOULD OF NEVER CALLED OR SHE JUST DIDNT GO TO WORK SHE WOULD STILL BE ALIFE LEAVE HER MEMORY INTACT BLAME THE RADIO STATION AND THE ROYALS NOT THE NURSE

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Lucio Fernandez

Posted at 9:34 AM on December 11, 2012  

You are hardly the world’s authority on depression and speaking in all capital letters does very little to carry your point across, it merely makes you seem like you’re yelling at us. I also know a lot about depression as I have suffered from it since childhood, but as much as I have wanted to end my life and there have been numerous times that I wanted to, I have made a personal choice in that suicide will never be the way out for me.

When there are people in the world that love you, removing yourself from life is the ultimate act of selfishness. We talk about these things and will likely continue talking about it primarily for two reasons; one, so that the person is not forgotten and two, so that we can do what we’re able to ensure it does not happen again.

All she did was place a call through to a ward. That’s it. However disgraced she may have felt for unwittingly breaching the code of a registered nurse, even if she felt so badly; she had many options, among them doing nothing at at all or leaving the profession. Not the greatest of options but they were there.

Sadly, the choice she made was to take herself away from her family and no one in the world, not the hospital, not Kate, not the DJs, no one but her can have made that choice for her.

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Eleanor

Posted at 8:57 PM on December 11, 2012  

Exactly.

 
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Noir

Posted at 12:44 AM on December 11, 2012  

As a radio host and communications student, I‘ve always found prank calls to be deeply disrespectful and dangerous. People think their sense of humour is shared by all, and any self-respecting media personality should be aware that is not true. There‘s been loads of seemingly innocent prank calls on radio that have backfired in HORRIBLE ways, some of them ending in divorces, murders, and, in this case, a suicide. Although the hosts of the show have no legal responsibility in the matter, they have an ethical binding to leave the world of media forever, for they have shown they cannot handle the responsibility of reaching out to hundreds of people around the world with respect and consciousness of the incredible power they bear in their voices. Shame on them, and may this be a lesson to all media outlets in the world: Respect and conscience are the first and foremost virtues any media personality should have.

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emar blessing

Posted at 10:02 PM on December 10, 2012  

I’m a registered nurse. part of the patient’s bill of rights is to uphold strict confidentiality of the details of the condition of the patient, limiting it to the patient and her relatives.

divulging any information or putting other health care personnel in such a situation is a grave offense against our profession.

now, imagine this being magnified a thousand fold. with information being divulged to the whole world! and worse is the patient is of royalty! she felt she disgraced the name of the hospital and violated the patient’s bill of rights of a member of the royal family. do you think that’s easy to bear? don’t lie to yourself. its heavy and you know it. otherwise, we wouldn’t be talking about this.

whatever accent your using doesn’t really matter, even if it was bad. the truth is, u played a prank not on the person but on a professional nurse. a nurse, you humiliated to the whole world.

whether you get fired or not doesn’t really matter because it couldn’t bring back the life already lost. everything is up to you and your conscience. you know in yourself that what you did is wrong so please don’t justify your actions by blaming it on the nurse why she patched the call through.

if you push a person over the ledge as a joke and the person just happens to fall and perish, is it right to say that its their fault for not holding on? why did you put them it that situation in the first place?

just pray for the peace of her soul, be sorry and take responsibility for what you did. thats the best you can do right now.

as for those who are judging the nurse for her actions, you wouldn’t understand unless you’re also a nurse. remember, a pebble for you maybe a boulder for others. so do not judge unless you’re in the same position as hers.

may she find peace in the hands of our Lord.

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clayton

Posted at 8:01 PM on December 10, 2012  

To be honest i don’t see how any of this is fair, When i went to Thailand and i go to the cinema, you are made to stand up to respect their king and i do its their country their rules, if you disrespect their king don’t expect to walk out of the cinema, but in England, royalty is just mocked and made fun of, there is no respect from any other country of our customs. And for all thsose people saying the Nurse is selfish, imagine having the whole world know what you did, talk about it in news papers, imagine the whole world talk behind your back, not just a few people, i seriously doubt this woman had thoughts of suicide before this, put yourself in her shoes, before you make comments that shes pathetic and selfish. If you can say that you have lived a life of luxury.

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Alberto

Posted at 12:26 PM on December 10, 2012  

I am very concern how brittish media have make so much fast about this event. First of all I do feel sorry for the nurse family. But If there is one to blame is the person who think she have the rights of taken her life away. Leaving her family to deal with the pain. The australian radio presenters make a joke that was all. That is not is a enough reason to taken her life, leaving her kids and husban. I am so sorry If I ofend it anyone but I woudn’t like to have any members of my closest family or friends under the surpervision of a nurse with suicidal thoughts.

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maria

Posted at 11:44 AM on December 10, 2012  

I cannot for the life of me understand why she felt she needed to take her own life over this? She was the one who answered the phone, not the one who gave out all the info on Kate. But, another thing that bothers me is .. why would someone believe the Qeen would be calling the hospital phone line for info on Kate? Wouldn”t she have access to her daughter-in-law via cell phone? I think thats why the DJ”s never thought they would get through. This is just a sad story all the way around. So many lives runied over this prank. I do feel for her family and also for the two DJ”s. There lives will never be the same after this. No I don”t believe they should be put in jail either.

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liza

Posted at 10:11 PM on December 10, 2012  

one thing is clear if no prank call no trouble… the dj’s started it. their fault.

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Evelyn

Posted at 10:45 AM on December 10, 2012  

If nurse Jacintha is a catholic I could hardly imagine how could she commit that kind of mortal sin. I presumed the problem is within the family people has different culture must be the husband who is more upset than the subject and blame her for the incident.

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Bec

Posted at 3:22 AM on December 10, 2012  

I do not believe the DJs should be fired. I just watched their interview on ACC and they were BOTH just devastated by the whole situation. I feel for the nurse/s who were “fooled” into believing these DJs were The Queen and Prince Charles. I mean, I don’t believe they were honestly THAT GOOD that they were believe LOL. Either way, someone has taken their own life over this. I feel for the nurse/s and her/their family/ies. I also feel for the poor DJs.

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hollybabe

Posted at 12:05 AM on December 10, 2012  

The DJ’s are not responsible for her death. Clearly she has had long term depression as to take her life over something such as that. I have seen a family member after her suicide due to an illness and it is not something that a single phone call would be responsible for. It absolutely disgusts me that people who are blaming our Aussie radio hosts after the suicide would wish that upon the two hosts. They have taken the blame for this and I would think they would need approval from the station to carry out the call but yet the ones taking the sole blame are the two public faces of the show.

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Maryann Caravaglia

Posted at 2:35 AM on December 10, 2012  

Knowing how nastiy people can be. She probably thought she would be humiliated and fired. And never be able to get another job. She also thought people would be talking about her behind her back. It’s a shame two idiots were able to cause her to do this.

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mayz

Posted at 9:54 PM on December 9, 2012  

if people started picking on you, or…, let’s say the whole “world” was picking on you… I’m sure you wouldn’t retain a sense of inner calmness.

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sam

Posted at 7:28 PM on December 9, 2012  

Selfish woman.she obviously had problems as her own and used this as an excuse.if I answered the phone wrong at work I wouldn’t even give it another thought, so for this woman to leave a family behind is disgraceful. Absolutely pathetic and selfish.

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Bec

Posted at 3:24 AM on December 10, 2012  

I also believe that suicide is selfish and a cowards way out, but I think the word pathetic is a bit far fetched. Either way, the nurse was still a human being with family and friends.

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mayz

Posted at 5:20 PM on December 9, 2012  

Never thought i’d say this, but to media heads who think this is all legal etc. you’re all perverted and put your manners back in.

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