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Jacintha Saldanha's Body Flown to India, Funeral on Dec 16 at Shirva

Jacintha Saldanha's Body Flown to India, Funeral on Dec 16 at Shirva

London, Dec 14 (PTI): The body of nurse Jacintha Saldanha from Mangalore, who died after being duped by a prank call to a UK hospital treating a pregnant Princess Kate, was today flown to India, official sources said, amid reports that the mum-of-two had criticised her senior colleagues in one of the three emotional suicide notes she left behind.

46-year-old Jacintha Saldanha's body was transported by a Jet Airways flight to Mumbai, where it will reach at 0030 hrs tomorrow, the sources said.

It will be flown to Mangalore on December 16 for funeral to be held at Shirva in Udupi, they said.

Saldanha wrote three emotional notes revealing the anguish that led to her suicide after she was duped by two Australian radio DJs into believing they were royalty, the Daily Mirror reported.

In one of the notes, the distraught mum-of-two outlines how she struggled to come to terms with the prank call by Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian to the hospital where 30-year-old Kate was being treated for severe morning sickness.

But in another she criticises her senior colleagues at the King Edward VII hospital over her treatment after the pair had pretended to be the Queen and Prince Charles asking about the duchess' condition.

It is believed the nurse's suicide note has left her grieving family furious, with her husband Ben Barboza believed to be favouring an inquiry.

A source close to Saldanha's family was quoted by the paper as saying: "One of the letters, which is the longest, deals with the hospital and is critical in its tone.

"Needless to say, Ben wants a full inquiry into what happened, and he wants to make sure the truth comes out. Within the letter Jacintha calls into question some of the treatment she received at the hospital."

Scotland Yard detectives are examining the notes, as well as interviewing Saldanha's friends, family and colleagues at the hospital. The family have been provided with transcripts of all three notes.

Saldanha's third suicide letter is more of a practical one which deals with her funeral arrangements.

Senior Labour MP Keith Vaz, who is working on behalf of her relatives, said last night: "The truth of this matter has to come out for the sake of her family".

Australia's media watchdog has launched a rare fast-track probe into the broadcast of the prank call by a Sydney-based radio station.

As the hoax call sparked global condemnation, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said it was using its special powers to launch a rare "own motion" probe contrary to other cases where it has to wait for complaints.

The radio station's owner Southern Cross Austereo had said earlier that all profits from advertising for the rest of the year would go into a fund for Saldanha's family. It had said it would make a minimum contribution of 500,000 dollars.

The two radio presenters behind the prank call had said they were "gutted and heartbroken" over the death of the nurse.


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  • Ibrahim, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    Fisrt she is duped Australian journalists, then she is harassed by British hospital senior staff..for her being innocent from the beginning...any one call be a victim of prank call..she realized that..then why harrassment from colleagues? they are not sutable to manage the a hospital...they may deal similarly with patients. Responsible senior staff should be fired immediately

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  • Jacintha fernandes Lobo, shirva, Abudhabi

    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    I wish I was there to pay my last tributes but my prayers are always there for you. Thank you jess for teaching me when I was your junior at Fr. mullers specially in O.T. Your attractive eyes with a beautiful face always coming in front of eyes. We one as Fr. Mullers colleagues say RIP dear Jess. We will miss you and always will remember your tragic last moments of life. God bless everyone of us for being very supportive to Jess and her family.

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    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    My heart goes out to the grieving family.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Sat, Dec 15 2012

    40% Dj, 40% Hospital Staff, 10% Jacintha herself? Assessment of blame percetages too won't help now as Curil rightly said ,she is gone. Fate conspired and the circumstances just wove a eb around her.Now we all pray for her to rest in peace.

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  • Wilfred D'souza, Kulshekar/Saudi-arabia

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    May Almighty God grant Eternal rest to her soul and give strength and courage to her family members to bear the loss.

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  • Gerald,Rufina Griffith & Greyon, Valencia,Mangalore/Ireland

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    adeus. to you our beloved 'Jessy' from this hatred filled world!

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Fri, Dec 14 2012

    Apparently, this light-hearted person was tormented by her supervisors, and she was instantly plunged into a critical depression, so did the unthinkable. Had she got immediate counseling instead of criticisms, this tragedy could have easily avoided.

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