Court: Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers
An undated family photograph of Jacintha Saldanha who died after being hoaxed by an Australian radio on December 8, 2012.
December 13th, 2012
05:01 AM ET

Court: Prank call nurse found hanging by co-workers

A nurse who took a prank call from an Australian radio station apparently hanged herself using a scarf, but her reasons for pursuing that tragic course remain unclear.

Jacintha Saldanha was found last Friday by work colleagues hanging from a wardrobe door at her hospital living quarters, a coroner's court in London heard Thursday.

The nurse, who was married with two teenaged children, left three notes, two at the scene and a third with her belongings, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

The content of the notes was not disclosed.

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  1. Dr. Nurseman

    We know that about 70% of doctors who prescribe antidepressants also take antidepressants themselves.
    What of nurses? Are they too so-depressed.
    Was it the scarf, or the pill? (intrument of death)

    December 13, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    I love Indian food!

    December 13, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Charlene Hesston (ISA president)

    As acting president of the ISA (International Scarf Asscotiation) I must speak-out against those who blame the scarf for atrocities such as this.
    "You'll have to pry my scarfs from my cold, dead hands"

    December 13, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Somebody

      That is just mean !! I wonder what kind of person you are!!!

      December 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    I'm just amazed at the mileage this story has gotten!

    December 13, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree, Portland tony.
      It's to the point that it's getting tawdry and maudlin.
      They seriously need to leave this alone; if nothing else, for her family's sake, who are probably suffering imaginable pain.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Unimaginable pain, that should read.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. mark

    that is one blank looking stare right there. Yeah, blame the DJs.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • MJ

      Exactly, Mark.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rochdoc

    You mindless Racist Sobs. If it was your sister who died you would not be posting the craaap I am seeing here. You should understand this – there are certain people with self respect in this world. When your idea about your own ego, your own self respect is shattered, continuing life stops to be an option to them. Shameless media like CNN, allowing these kind of posts – they never updated the news about the ladies death notes. Her second death note details that she was harassed by her superiors about the dumb DJ call. This lady was a working woman who was taking care of patients. I could see the shallow racism behind your silly posts. When is America going to be better? .. talking about scarfs – as your mother or grand mother never wore a scarf!!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • omicron

      you have to understand that an Indian life is worth much less to the western world than the tears of two white, blonde shock DJs..

      December 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rach

    I can't believe how some people think it's ok to poke fun at this story. It's tragic. Whether she did it because of the prank call or she was depressed and did it for other reasons, it's still sad. I feel for her family and her children that she left behind.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. eprint

    All this blamed on two entertainers. Look at the real culprit – the nurse. She had to decide to solve a problem with a permanent solution when it was a temporary event. The patient care provider is totally responsible no one else. I have no sympathy for this nurse.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      So if someone prank calls you and said your Mom head was blown off that would be funny too??? You sound stupid saying it was the nurse at fault.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allan Young

      There's a difference between being at blame for a poor joke, and being at blame for someone killing themselves. Some people just have low tolerance for certain kinds of jokes. One person once got offended at me when I called them a "joker" – do you think it'd be my fault if they killed themselves because of it?

      December 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MJ

    My heart goes out to this woman's family. And to the DJ's. The prank was just the straw that broke the camel's back. Obviously troubled beforehand. May you all deal, heal and move on.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jess

    My heart goes out to the family but...dont blame the DJs!! Ridiculous! How many people get pranked by radio stations on a daily basis! whatever, im annoyed

    December 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Christian Skjold

    Many insensitive disrespectfull comments here. It is not possible for us to judge exactly the causes behind this womans reason for her actions. But it is concevable that she felt she had lost face after beeing lured to give away sensitive information in this way. In many cultures and for many people with a high degree of pride in their work theese type of actions may well trigger responses like this.

    This was not a responsible action by the radio station at all. Firstly the information they planned to receive was confidential personal details for every person – royal or not. Secondly they must take into consideration that people react differently about being lured in this way.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Replier

    The DJs can't be blamed, but the hospital management is definitely responsible. The chief came on television calling it a breach of security, intolerable, etc or words to that effect, instead of supporting the nurse and playing down the incident. I didn't like it even as the chief was mouthing off, and wondered why he was talking so seriously as if the sky was falling. I guess he was sucking up to the royal family to keep their business.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • rkramadh

      Sorry but irrespective of this woman's death, the stupid DJs should be sued for breaching privacy in a hospital especially that of the royal couple! Frankly, the two idiots shouldn't have attempted such thing on any private citizen, let alone the royal couple! Time for people to start realizing that all stupid acts are funny! Harmless pranks may be funny but to invade the privacy especially in a hospital setting is low for any humans!

      December 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. avid watcher

    sheez, its so obvious, murdered by the crown. do I have to call in angela lansbury?

    December 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AJ

    We must ban all scarfs!

    December 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Somebody

      and ban you as well

      December 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. merzydoats

    Replier is correct. The stupid hospital chief should have trouble looking in the mirror for years. First, because he has troubled staff members, and their supervisors apparently are not trained to know their staff and to look for signs of trouble in a staff that has to deal with stressful conditions on a regular basis. Their jobs can make them fragile. Managers and supervisors have to deal with those possibilities, and be responsible about helping their staff to get assistance, whether medical, psychological or financial in order to relieve stress that can keep them from meeting their missions.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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