Jacintha Saldanha’s husband, Ben Barboza, and children, Lisha and Junal
Every detail that emerges about the death of King Edward VII Hospital nurse Jacintha Saldanha just keeps getting sadder, and unfortunately, the blame game has only escalated over the past week. The nurse, who was working as a receptionist when she patched Queen Elizabeth-impersonating Australian radio hosts through to the nurse treating Kate Middleton, left three notes when she hanged herself last week. According to U.K. tabloid The Mirror, it seems that the 46-year-old mother of two felt persecuted by senior staffers at the hospital.
“One of the letters, which is the longest, deals with the hospital and is critical in its tone,” a source reportedly told the Mirror. “Needless to say, [husband Ben Barboza] wants a full inquiry into what happened, and he wants to make sure the truth comes out. Within the letter Jacintha calls into question some of the treatment she received at the hospital.”
In a tearful TV interview today, Australian radio DJs Michael Christian and Mel Greig expressed their regret for a prank that may have played a role in the suicide of a nurse at the hospital that treated the pregnant Kate Middleton last week.
“There’s nothing that can make me feel worse than what I feel right now. And for what I feel for the family. We’re so sorry that this has happened to them,” Greig told Today Tonight, when asked whether she felt like the object of a witch hunt after the apparent suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, 46, the nurse working as a receptionist who put the DJs’ call through to the nurse treating the Duchess of Cambridge.
While seeming very sorry for the aftermath of the prank — in which they called Edward VII Hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles — the 2Day FM hosts said they never intended for things to go as far as they did. “The call to begin with wasn’t about speaking to Kate,” Christian said. “It wasn’t about trying to get a scoop or anything. The call was just –– I mean we’d assumed that we’d be hung up on and that’d be that.” Read more…