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Jacintha Saldanha’s Family Says She Told Them Nothing About Hoax Call

Monday 10 December 2012

There are so many things that don’t add up about this nurse’s death.

‘The relatives of nurse Jacintha Saldanha have revealed that she told no one in the family about the prank call that has been blamed for driving her to suicide.

Members of the family gathered at the south Indian home of Saldanha’s mother-in-law, Carmine Barboza, to console one another after news reached them of the tragedy. They said that neither Saldanha nor her husband, Benedict Barboza, had talked of the hoax phone call or given any clue that she had been under any pressure or strain.’

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The headline in the UK Daily Mail today reads: Hoaxed nurse ‘died of shame’. The text goes on to say that this is the view of her family. But when family members are directly quoted, her sister-in-law says that they cannot understand why Jacintha would take her own life because she was so ‘strong’. ‘We would like to get an answer’, she says. Jacintha’s mother-in-law says: ‘I want to know about the circumstances of her death and no one is giving me an answer.’

How does this square with the Mail’s headline? Here is a woman who supposedly took her own life leaving behind a grieving husband and two children because she passed a hoax call from two Australian DJ’s from the switchboard to a ward. She wasn’t publicly named and she did not face disciplinary action. From the known facts this makes no sense whatsoever.


At least there is some sanity in Australia …

More than two-thirds of Australians don’t think DJs were to blame for nurse’s death, new poll reveals

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