Nurse At Center Of Royal Phone Prank Was Found Hanging By A Scarf; Left Three Notes

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Source: Splash News

Dec. 13 2012, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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By Neil Woulfe - Senior News Director

Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who committed suicide in wake of the royal phone prank, was found hanging by a scarf from a wardrobe in hospital accommodations, only days after she unwittingly transferred a phony radio DJ call to another nurse carrying for Kate Middleton. There were also marks on her wrists, is reporting.

In addition, we’re learning that Saldanha, a 46-year-old wife and mother of two, left not one, but three notes. Two of the notes were found in her room and one was among her possessions.

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The latest revelations involving Saldanha’s tragic death came during the first day of an inquest into her death.

Detective Chief Inspector James Harman told Westminster Coroner’s Court: “On Friday December 7th, Jacintha Saldanha was found by a colleague and a member of security staff. Sadly she was found hanging.

“There was also injuries to her wrist. The London Ambulance Service was called to the scene. At this time there are no suspicious circumstances.”

It also revealed that it was a colleague and a security guard  who found the body of the well-respected nurse last Friday.

As has previously reported, Saldanha was on the reception desk at the King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, central London last Tuesday morning when she answered a call from Sydney-based 2Day FM DJs Mel Greig, 30, and Michael Christian, 25, who were pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.

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Saldanha -- a devout Catholic and native of India -- then transferred the call to a second nurse on Kate's ward, who was tricked into giving out confidential details of her medical condition.

Saldanha's husband, Ben Barboza, 49, and their children Junal, 17, and Lisha, 14, have demanded to "know everything" about the events running up to and surrounding her death.

British Labor MP Keith Vaz, who is representing the family, said his clients were "in the dark about the hoax call" and "hadn't watched the news or seen anything about it." He went on to claim the family knew nothing about their loved one's involvement "until after Jacintha's death."

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The DJs who made the call have tearfully apologized for the prank and remain on indefinite suspension from their radio station.

The station, and its hosts, have faced an avalanche of negative press and backlash following Saldanha's suicide. On Monday, the station announced it was canceling Hot 30, the DJ's radio show, and it released a statement Tuesday announcing they were pledging a donation to the late nurse's family.

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"All profits from advertising on 2DayFM until the end of the year will be donated to an appropriate fund that will directly benefit the family of Jacintha Saldanha," the parent company of the station, Southern Cross Austereo, said.

They pledged at least $500,000, and expressed "deep regret for what has taken place in these tragic and unforeseen circumstances."

At this time, details of funeral arrangements for Saldanha have not been made public.



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