Kate Middleton’s Nurse’s Family Speaks On Suicide: We’re ‘Devastated’

Sun, December 9, 2012 9:23am EDT by 10 Comments
Jacintha Saldanha Family
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The family 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, have released a statement and they’re ‘devastated!’ So sad.

Benedict Barboza has broken his silence and has released a statement regarding his wife Jacintha Saldanha’s death. DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian of Sydney’s 2Day FM station claimed to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles during a prank call to Kate Middleton’s hospital room on December 4 — they were patched through by Jacintha. Two days after the incident, Jacintha was found dead from a suspected suicide. 

“I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances,” Benedict, 49,  an NHS accountant, said on his Facebook page. The couple’s 14-year-old daughter Lisha used Facebook to write her own message: “I miss you, I loveeee you.”

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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Rosa

Posted at 11:31 PM on December 11, 2012  

They should not be fired, but do get a heavy disiplanary and warning if ever doing this again. then yes they should. But i also feel the nurse shouldn’t have taken her own life over this. She probably just didn’t think that the Queen wouldn’t call herself and learned from it ,by not doing it again. We are all human and do things we shouldn’t.

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wally sturgeon

Posted at 8:07 AM on December 10, 2012  

People, it’s a possible suicide. Until they no more stop saying she commited suicide. Nobody knows for sure yet……..

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Kasie Lee

Posted at 5:44 AM on December 10, 2012  

Its sad thou i have to say the woman had issues of her own. Commiting suicide leaving her husband and child over a prank call is just plain stupid.

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Paulina

Posted at 1:49 PM on December 10, 2012  

shame on you and your ignorance. How desperate she must have felt to actually do something like that. Don’t judge, and call it stupid. People are so different, not all are strong and ready do deal with what she had to dealt with before her death.

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Debby

Posted at 3:12 PM on December 12, 2012  

Very insensitive of you to not think of what her life may have been like after that day of the prank call. There are millions of fans of Kate Middleton, Im sure Kate Middleton fans wasnt in Jacintha favor and probably raised her hell in cause of her alleged suicide on top of feeling quilty. Its like adding salt to a open wound she may have just wanted it all to stop for this could be over whelming for someone. My dear heart goes out to this family and wish them very well.

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Michael Spencer

Posted at 2:52 AM on December 10, 2012  

Living in a democratic society means freedom of speech. Prank calls have been around for centuries, and I would say it takes a person, who already is unstable, to commit suicide over this. Perhaps she was teased at the hospital with comments like:” How dumb can you be to fall for this etc” I do not believe that the call by itself caused this woman to end her life. It’s tragic for her family, all suicides are, but don’t put the blame on two young DJ’s.

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S. Brown

Posted at 7:02 PM on December 9, 2012  

They should absolutely suffer severe consequences—perhaps getting fired. They acted irresponsibly. That was my reaction before the reported suicide. Anyone who has suffered a high-risk pregnancy—and, make no mistake, Kate’s condition is extremely serious—wouldn’t dream of pulling such a stunt. I was concerned about Kate’s health when she heard of the breach of privacy and, by extension, the health/life of her unborn child. I spent many months in the hospital under similar circumstances, ending with the premature birth of twins–only one of whom survived. So this is not a situation to be mocked. The DJs showed the judgment of young children. They stated they didn’t expect to get to talk with the nurse. Fine. Then when they did get through to the nurse they should have revealed who they were and ended the call at that point. Making a joke out of what is literally a life-and-death struggle is reprehensible.

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Ted Textured

Posted at 12:44 PM on December 9, 2012  

I meant to type this!

“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.”

If these ignorant tossers had done their research(!) they’d have realised the extent to which the the WONDERFUL BRITISH NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (how dare these antipodean ar*eholes interfere with its smooth running) depends on overseas nurses (and staff in general), to whom a differing dialect would signify very little. In any event, I suspect it must have been apparent that the first language of the poor nurse wasn’t English. Charge them or extradite them (what they did was illegal according to UK – and I would have thought Aussie – law). It goes without saying they should be fired – no reasonable person makes a prank call to a HOSPITAL!

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jlnp

Posted at 6:01 PM on December 13, 2012  

grow up mate.
I’m from Australia , and their is no such law saying you CANT MAKE A PRANK PHONE CALL.
So in UK is it illegal to make a prank pone call ?
You don’t know what the circumstances were for this poor woman who lost her life too soon.
And you’re no investigator so you have no idea what may have caused her death, and even so, if it did have something to do with the prank call, it is not the radio Dj’s fault. It is everyone around the world, who put pressure on the nurse for putting the call through. The royal family even perhaps. they haven’t even spoken of the death, only written a letter. it was an innocent prank, and its obvious they are truly sorry, although it really isn’t there fault.
and you quoted yourself they said;

“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.”

They never planned to be put through is that not obvious ! it was a joke gone wrong. they should not be severely punished, or verbally abused. That’s just everyone leading them to commit suicide, then will everyone around the world say these things about the people who drove them to suicide?, how the hell is anyone suppose to expect one prank phone call is going to drive someone to suicide.

My heart goes out to Jacintha’s family and friends, and it is a tragic sad death. But no reason to pick out these poor DJ’s just because the world wants someone to blame it on to make a story.

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Ted Textured

Posted at 12:41 PM on December 9, 2012  

“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.”

If these ignorant tossers had done their research(!) they’d have realised the extent to which the the WONDERFUL BRITISH NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (how dare these antipodean ar*eholes interfere with its smooth running) depends on overseas nurses (and staff in general), to whom a differing dialect would signify very little. In any event, I suspect it must have been apparent that the first language of the poor nurse wasn’t English. Charge them or extradite them (what they did was illegal according to UK, and I would have thought Aussie – law). It goes without saying they should be fired – no reasonable person makes a prank call to a HOSPITAL!

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