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RADIO DJ Mel Greig has attacked those who bullied her after 2DayFM’s infamous 2012 prank phone call to the hospital treating Kate Middleton and declared “trolling needs to stop”.
Greig, who apologised for the hoax after last month’s inquest into the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, said the backlash was hypocritical because the people accusing her of being a bully themselves acted like bullies.
Saldanha had reportedly attempted suicide twice before. She had taken an overdose of pills on 30 December 2011 during a family trip to India. After that attempt she was rushed to a private hospital in Mangalore and treated for "self harm". On 8 January 2012 she is believed to have attempted suicide again and was treated at Father Muller Medical College Hospital for head injuries suffered in a "fall". After several days in intensive care Saldanha was admitted to the hospital's psychiatric ward and treated for depression. She was discharged after three days and given a nine-month course of anti-depressants. Her family was warned there was a risk that she might attempt suicide again.
On 13 December, The Guardian reported that three suicide notes had been left by Saldanha, two of which were found at the scene and one in her belongings. It said one of them dealt with the prank call, another contained requests for her funeral at her in-laws' place in India and the third was critical of the staff of the hospital. On 16 December The Sunday Times reported that Saldanha was disappointed with the hospital managers before the hoax call. She had a long-standing personal disagreement with a colleague and had complained to the managers about this, and was unhappy that they had only changed their shifts instead of acting more toughly. On 17 December, it was reported that Saldanha had blamed the radio DJs for her death in her third note.
In the note blaming the DJs for her death, she asked for them to be made to pay her mortgage.
Was Jacintha Saldanha killed?
UPDATE - Aangirfan - Nurse died by hanging.
"The whole Suicide Nurse/Prank Call debacle stinks to high-heaven and NOT ONE news outlet/journo has questioned the statistical fact that women, never mind women who work in the medical field, rarely commit suicide by hanging - it's men that hang themselves (excuse the explicit nature of my comment but the truth must be stated)
"The fact that Jacinta wasn't even the Nurse who gave out the medical details (allegedly) along with the mention by her own family that 'she was not the type to kill herself', just adds further stinking fuel to the fire.
But the station's parent company is donating £326,000 from its advertising profits to a memorial fund set up in Mrs Saldanha's name by King Edward VII Hospital, so that's nice. We guess.