Skip to comments.Royal nurse who answered Duchess of Cambridge hoax call attempted to kill herself twice before
Posted on 12/22/2012 8:26:27 PM PST by Olog-hai
The nurse who committed suicide after answering a hoax phone call about the Duchess of Cambridge made two attempts to kill herself last winter, and had been prescribed antidepressants.
Jacintha Saldanha, who took her own life days after the call from Australian DJs pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, attempted to commit suicide last December with an overdose of pills during a family visit to India. She survived after being rushed to hospital, but tried to commit suicide again just nine days later by apparently jumping from a building.
Although Saldanhas family have previously said she did not have a history of depression, new reports suggest she has been battling the condition since at least December last year.
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Oh well that’s OK then, never mind.
If this is true, what in the hell was she doing being around Kate Middleton?
That would explain it, more than the phone call. The hoax call pushed into action what was already there.
“Never let a crisis go to waste...”
Crack-down on Rush and people like him, uh-huh.
They realllly don’t want us to hear the truth about this poor woman; “safe speech” and all that...
And her husband and daughter stood there telling the world how much they’ll miss their mother, while not a single tear was shed and they showed as much emotion as if they had lost the family cat. No, let me make a correction, they would have been more upset if the family cat was lost. They both knew her death had nothing to do with the telephone call she put through to the nurse in the ward.
But they didn’t want to jeopordize the flow of sympathy and donations, and the potential to sue the hospital.
She wasn’t around anyone, she took the phone call at a switchboard and passed it through to the ward nurse, who answered the call.
I think most of us questioned the motive...."suicide because of a phone call"?????
We were right.
Taking telephone calls and asking ‘to whom did you wish to speak’ probably wouldn’t have placed her into a position where the question of her mental health ever arose. She would hardly have told her employer at interview, btw, I attempted suicide twice when I was overseas...I bet she had mastered a beautiful english accent and that was all that mattered.
That’s a real thumbs up for Royal Security and the British National Health System.
Attempted suicide has been recognized for decades as a risk factor for potential violence, murder, drug addiction, and mental illness.
And this woman was apparently sitting alone in the room with Kate while the Princess slept?
Her death is tragic, but no one - including her family - should have allowed her to be assigned to Kate’s nursing staff in the first place.
I thought the suicide WAS the ward nurse.
The switchboard operator committed suicide and the disc jockeys are being blamed?
Wow, that's absurd.
I wonder how her employer treated her after the flub more than the prank call.
Her title was Royal Nurse, not receptionist.
Am I missing something?
Do u know where this “switchboard” was located?
She put the call through to the ward nurse who answered the questions from the callers, she wasn’t IN the ward, her function was to answer the telephone, she might have been a nurse, but she wasn’t nursing, she was answering calls to the hospital - it’s been like extracting hen’s teeth to get information out of the Press on this one.
Where the switchboard was located probably has no bearing on this what-so-ever.
And she wasn’t a ‘Royal Nurse’ she might have been a ‘nurse’ but the title ROYAL comes from the NAME OF THE HOSPITAL.
That doesn’t mean she nursed royals.
That nurse revealed confidential medical information about the pregnant Duchess, who was being treated at the hospital for acute morning sickness. The call was broadcast in Australia and made headlines around the world.
and transferred it to a colleague.
That paints a different picture doesn’t it? More drug side affects? Is the treatment worse than the disease. I suspect there will be more to come about this. At least when she killed it was only herself and not patients or innocent children.
Some of the comments here aggravate me considerably. Arguing that a suicide attempt makes us worthless in our profession?
I know wonderful women who have had difficult periods in their life when they wanted to escape the pain in their life, and how they managed to overcome those difficulties.
Arguing that we are ‘damaged’ beyond all repair is exactly the thing that drives people in despair to know tha they will never be ‘ok’ and that there is no hope.
I think it might have more to do with two suicide attempts that took place while she was overseas, and it seems her employer didn’t know about that until after the third attempt succeeded.
Don’t you think that had they known, they might have made attempts to help her deal with her depression?
And if they knew, perhaps placing her in a position like answering the telephone was one day they were dealing with her mental problems, which, as she was surrounded by health professionals, might have been managements way of dealing with her condition...there’s too much we do not know.
Like who was treating her, what medication was she taking, was the hospital aware of what ailed her?
My guess is they didn’t know because she told them nothing.
The reason she told them nothing is because if she did tell them something, she would be regarded as a pariah, as some of the posters here have done, who would have lost her job and everything she did have to live for. :(
Just think, if Kate Middleton gets a foreign nurse guess what your mother and father are going to get.
It’s a catch-22 isn’t it? If she had told them she may not have been able to work there, but through not telling them, she wasn’t able to get any help, either. I had a good friend whose teenage daughter made five attempts at suicide before she finally succeeded. Although her family sought and obtained assistance for her, the outcome was tragic. She was determined. It destroyed the family.
You write she would have lost her job and everything she had to live for...I don’t agree, she lost her life because at the third attempt she succeeded in killing herself, and had the presence of mind to leave notes that blamed someone else, at the hospital, for her depression, of which we now see she had a long history.
She wasn’t anywhere near Kate Middleton, all she did was answer the telephone and transfer the caller through to the ward-nurse.
Are you planning to learn to read any time soon?
That month, Ms Saldanha, her accountant husband Benedict Barboza, 49, their son Junal, 17, and adopted daughter Lisha, 14, attended a family wedding in Shirva, 30 miles north of Mangalore. But on December 30, just days after the devout Catholic family celebrated Christmas, Ms Saldanha is believed to have taken an overdose of pills. She was rushed to a private hospital in Mangalore, where she was treated for self-harm.
On January 8 this year, she is believed to have attempted suicide again and was treated at Father Muller Medical College Hospital for head injuries suffered in a fall.
She was kept in intensive care for several days and then admitted to the psychiatric ward of the hospital, where she was treated for depression.
Are you planning to learn some manners during the Christmas season?
Same outcome either way. Telling people and getting proper treatment cannot be seen as a writeoff, but that’s how most employers work. This is why there is a disincentive for these people to seek treatment in the first place - because they know that once it gets out that they are being treated, or that they made an attempt - they are considered to be unemployable.
Like I said, I’ve known friends who struggle with this stuff. Yes, they do suffer, but what really pisses me off are the folks like earlier up in the thread who say, “why would you hire such a person?”
I have a disability and I know what it’s like for employers to write you off. That pisses me off too. I was the valedictorian in my school - but all they see is the disability.
No. Are you planning to read the article and note that her previous suicide attempts took place in India and her treatment was also in India, and nothing about her treatment had anything to do with the public health system in the UK?
The Private Hospital where she was employed would have been unaware of her mental problems, if she didn’t make them known.
And btw, just because it’s not going to work in the US in it’s present form, doesn’t mean any and every public health system is doomed to fail, there are countries around the world where there are systems that work very well, and Australia happens to be one of them.
Rather than denigrate the public health systems of other countries, what the US might need to do is come up with a plan that actually makes sense and works. Keep the politics out of it, let the health industry design it. (That’s after you get back on your fiscal feet.)
Your inferences may be quite incorrect. You assume you know more than I about public health systems, the woman who committed suicide and her previous mental health. You may be right but it is unlikely.
Perhaps you are not aware of the number of foreign health care providers in the UK? No matter how good they might be they still come from a different culture and have values that differ from ours. Language skills also vary. The fact that a member of the royal family and possible future queen had providers who did not have high level security clearance is surprising.
BTW I have many friends who were born in Australia but live here. They all prefer our health care system to theirs and feels our is much superior.
The fact remains her suicide attempts took place in India, as did her treatment, there would not be a record of that part of her medical history in the UK, and yes, considering the number of immigrants in that country, employees in the health care industry would reflect the origin of the over-all population. As does yours, I imagine.
Which still has nothing to do with who answered the telephone call and passed the enquiry through to the ward nurse who answered the questions asked by the hoaxer callers.
That Australians living in the US prefer Obamacare to the Australian public health system beggars belief. You simply couldn’t afford it, and the only reason it exists here is because we have the resource income to pay for it and that won’t last for-ever.
King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes is a private hospital in the City of Westminster in London, formerly the King Edward VII’s Hospital for Officers.
IT'S A PRIVATE HOSPITAL
“...Two days after the broadcast, nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who had worked just over four years at the hospital and had passed on the hoax call to the Duchess's private ward, was found dead. The Metropolitan Police are describing it as an “unexplained death”. On 14 December The Guardian reported that it understood that the third of the notes left by Saldanha ‘addressed her employers, the hospital, and contained criticism of staff there.’ 
Good grief, Fred. Relax.
I am glad you are happy with your doctors, Muslim and all. Just be glad your wife or daughter is not a rape victim and has to be treated by a Muslim physician. It’s been a major problem in our emergency rooms that employed Muslim physicians.
One of the reasons you have found better care in Australia is because many of the best physicians from England have moved to Australia. At the same time England has been flooded with physicians from the Middle East and Africa.
Instead of relying on your personal experience you should read the literature. Even ten years ago 58% of the new doctors came from outside the country and 30% of the doctors trained in England came from ethnic minorities.
I will repeat: If the future queen of England is cared for by foreign health care providers what hope is there for the average patient. It is a problem - whether you choose to believe it or not - when your doctor comes from a different cultural background, speaks a different language, and has different values. I’ll take a physician trained in the US any day over someone from Cuba, Bulgaria or Egypt.