In the week following her devastating death, more details are being revealed about Jacintha’s final hours. Could her death have been avoided?
Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s baby joy has been overshadowed by a tragic event, as the receptionist at Kate’s hospital, Jacintha Saldanha, allegedly committed suicide on Dec. 7. She unknowingly transferred a prank call to Kate’s hospital bedroom, and her brother Naveen Saldanha says she “died of shame.” Now, a new report claims that “she had a lot of live for”. So sad.
Jacintha, 46, was working as a senior overnight nurse in the King VII Hospital on Dec. 4 when she transferred a call to Kate’s room, believing that it was the Queen and Prince Charles phoning for an update on Kate’s condition. The call was actually a prank that came from Australian radio DJs Michael Christian and Mel Grieg. Three days later, Jacintha was found dead.
Jacintha’s husband Benedict Barboza was frantically calling her Dec. 7, and when his calls went unanswered, he asked some friends to check in on her. She was then found dead in the staff quarters of the hospital. The cause of her death is still unknown.
Her awful death has left her family in a state of confusion:
One of her relatives tells People, “She had a lot to live for. There was nothing wrong in her life.”
Jacintha’s family priest Tom Finnegan says, “She was a caring, loving, compassionate wife and mother. The family doesn’t know why this happened.”
Her family is still looking for answers as to why Jacintha would supposedly take own life.
“What the family [needs is] the full facts,” says Labor MP Keith Vaz, who is representing the family.”There are unexplained circumstances. The family want to know everything. All the facts, fully and clearly. The hospital needs to be more proactive, a full inquiry is needed and the family need to be included in that.”
— Eleanore Hutch
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