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1 of 3 Suicide Notes Left by Kate Prank Call Nurse Slams Co-workers

Friday, 14 Dec 2012 11:12 AM

One of three suicide notes left by nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who was driven to hang herself by the Kate Middleton prank call, slammed her co-workers at King Edward VII hospital for criticizing her following the hoax.

Saldanha, 46, was found hanged by a scarf around her neck that was tied to a wardrobe door in her apartment in the nurses quarters at the hospital in Marylebone, central London. Police said she also had injuries to her wrists.

Her body was discovered by a colleague and security officer. Two of the suicide notes were found at the scene and a third was found in her belongings which her family had received.

One of the letters was about the hoax call itself, made by radio personalities from Australian station 2Day FM, according to the Guardian. A second letter detailed requests for her funeral, and the third focused on her employers, the hospital, and contained criticism of staff there.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said no one in senior management was aware of the contents of Saldanha's letter. She told the Guardian the hospital management "were very clear that there were no disciplinary issues in this matter."

The nurses fooled in the prank had been offered "full support" and "it was made clear they were victims of a cruel journalistic trick," she said.

The investigation is ongoing, as Scotland Yard examines emails which are relevant to Saldanha's death, as well as telephone calls made to and from her phone in the days before her suicide.

"There are a number of emails that are of relevance in helping us establish what may have led to this death and we are also looking at the deceased's telephone contacts,” Detective Chief Inspector James Harman said at an inquest.

The suicide came days after the two disc jockeys tricked Saldanha using fake accents, pretending to be the queen and her husband and wanting to ask how Middleton was feeling. She was being treated at the hospital for extreme morning sickness.

The DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, have now been suspended indefinitely and have apologized in interviews. Southern Cross Austereo, station's owner, said it will donate all 2Day FM advertising profits for the rest of the year to Saldanha’s family.

Although 2Day FM CEO Rhys Holleran denied that what Greig and Christian did was illegal, the two might have committed an offense under British law that prohibits anyone from obtaining or disclosing confidential personal records, says Hugh Tomlinson, an attorney representing phone-hacking victims in civil damages cases against News International.

The family has visited the hospital in wake of the tragedy and met with hospital CEO John Lofthouse. They gave Lofthouse a list of questions they want answered, calling for the full details of what happened, the Guardian reports.

"Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much-loved and valued colleague," Lofthouse said in a statement.

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