Jacintha Saldanha, 46, Indian, wife and mother of 2 children, Duty Nurse (not a receptionist), lived with her family in Bristol, worked at the King
Edward VII hospital London, and stayed in nurse's accommodation close to the hospital during the week, answered a phone call at 05-30am 4th December.
Believing she was talking with the Queen of England, she transferred the call to Kate Middleton's private nurse, whom then divulged some general
information about Kate's condition. Subsequently, it was found that the telephone call was a 'prank call' from Australia by two radio DJs.
No one knows for sure Jacintha's state of mind between Tuesday and Thursday evening, police were called to her nurse's accommodation early Friday
morning, where Jacintha was pronounced dead at the scene.
As the news broke, a global public furore erupted, mostly directed towards the 2 DJs, as people speculated that a deep sense of shame and ridicule
drove Jacintha to self-euthanse because of the prank. Many speculate whether her (possible) sense of shame and ridicule was enough to drive her to
The hospital were quick to state that she was a 'first class nurse', and that she and the other nurse (the one whom divulged information) were not
'reprimanded'. I myself, believe that they were, and that it was this, along with her sense of deep shame and ridicule that drove her to kill
John Lofthouse, the hospital's chief executive:
This was a foolish prank call that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely
seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols.
The Sun (apologies):
It is believed the alarm was raised when she failed to appear at work. She had been living in staff quarters in
Weymouth Street, yards from the hospital.
Brett Holmes, Association general secretary:
...the nurses involved could potentially have had to go through three separate disciplinary
processes, including those conducted by their employer and other inquiries conducted by the regulating authority and the Health Care Complaints...He
described these processes as "stressful and deeply traumatic experiences for many nurses and midwives, regardless of the level of
It is my current speculated belief that Jacintha took her own life out of a deep sense of shame and ridicule, and also because she was severely
'roasted' for her error in transferring the call. The other nurse was private to Kate Middleton, and would have probably have received a different
form of disciplinary procedure? Three days pass before she takes her life, that's a disciplinary procedure per day. Why raise an alarm for someone
whom is simply late for work, unless of course, you already knew that person was in a fragile state of mind because of the way she was feeling about
herself, and because of the roasting she'd received?
The BBC's Nicholas Witchell said it had been suggested to him that she had felt "very
lonely and confused" as a result of what had happened.
This lady was 'ridiculed' and 'disciplined' to suicide. May she rest in peace.
edit on 9/12/12 by elysiumfire because: Adjustment