Kate Middleton's Nurse Jacintha Saldanha Blamed Radio Station and Hospital... Should the Family Sue?

IS THE RADIO STATION AND HOSPITAL TO BLAME?
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It has been revealed that Kate Middleton’s nurse, Jacintha Saldanha, blamed the Australian DJs who prank called her and officials at London’s King Edward VII hospital in her suicide notes.

The 46-year-old nurse, who was found hanging by a scarf on Dec. 7, reportedly left behind three notes, addressing the prank call and her funeral arrangements.

Saldanha's suicide came just days after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their pregnancy and the Duchess was hospitalized with acute morning sickness.

More than 2,000 people paid their respects to Saldanha at a Catholic funeral service in Shirva, India on Monday. Saldanha is survived by her husband, Ben Barboza, and two children, Junal, 17, and Lisha, 14. At the service, Barboza spoke of his wife saying, “I feel a part of me has been ripped out.”

Since Saldanha committed suicide, the Australian DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who orchestrated the hoax, have apologized but remain in hiding following death threats.

Within an hour of the prank, the DJs reportedly called the nurse back to tell her that the call would be broadcast, according to The Daily Mail. Saldanha allegedly wrote in her suicide notes that she held the DJs responsible and also criticized two hospital officials for their actions. The hospital has said that they supported Saldanha after the hoax.

Do you think the family has a case against the radio station and hospital?

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  • Carol Krueger Lee
    Carol Krueger Lee

    Yes, My first thought was to sue the radio station and the DJ's. But I want to know why this nurse is being blamed. All she did was connect the call to a nurse in Kate's room. From what I understand, I don't think Saldanha gave out any actual medical information but did the nurse that she transferred the call to give out any info? And what is up with some celebrities saying that Kate and William should take some blame for this? WHY?!?!?! They had no part in this. It is not their fault some radio station played a prank. That would be like saying I should be responsible for someones suicide because they called my hospital to ask about my status IF I were in the hospital. That is utterly ridiculous. This incident should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and handled between the family and the radio station. Leave Kate/Willis and the baby out of it.

  • Eli
    Eli

    Hi there, thanks for putting up a discussion point here. Let's not be histerical and blame everyone for a suicide (which is never justified), however, the reason why we have privacy laws is exactly to avoid that "jokers" or other disrespectful people invade or expose the privacy of others to the point that they become distressed and lose their minds. Bullyings or harassment at the workplace of this nurse and the invasion of privacy of anyone are crimes. Therefore, the DJ's and the hospital have a share of responsibility in there and such responsibility have to be examined at the light of British, Australian and EU laws. Nobody has to be killed or treated as a killer, but as in any other cases of abuse of communication laws, privacy and respect for human dignity the DJ's or the hospital if proven have violated any of these laws, hopefully will have to pay a sum to the unfortunate nurse's family (money is not going to bring her back, but will for sure make justice). It is time to learn a lesson. Nobody is above the law! Time to respect PRIVACY is now.

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