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Hoax call: Nurse's autopsy report expected today; family claims she died of shame

CNN-IBN
Dec 11, 2012 at 08:21am IST

London: The autopsy report of the Indian-origin nurse, who got caught up in a prank call made to a hospital treating Prince William's wife Kate, is expected on Tuesday which will conform the cause of the death. However, the distraught family of Jacintha Saldanha believe she died of shame after falling for the hoax. Jacintha was found dead at nurses' quarters next to the private King Edward VII hospital in Marylebone, central London on Friday.

Indian-origin British MP Keith Vaz, who invited Jacintha's husband to Parliament, while talking to CNN-IBN Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai said that the focus should be on the family of Jacintha and not on the RJs, because the family is the real victim. Vaz's criticism came after the two Australian RJs behind the hoax call, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, gave an emotional account of their reaction to the nurse's death.

"I think the focus should be on the family. They are the real victims. I'm meeting with the chairman of the hospital to discuss how we can take things and we assure that we are doing everything that we can," he said.

Saldanha answered the hoax call at 5.30am on Wednesday morning, and was helping out on reception at the time of the prank. Giggling DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian were pretending to be the British Queen and Prince Charles and asked her if they could be put through to Kate.

Saldanha connected them to another nurse who gave details of Kate's condition, who was suffering from acute morning sickness at the London hospital. A recording of the conversation was broadcast on the '2Day FM' station with the RJs gleefully boasting about their successful hoax.

Saldanha, whose husband Benedict Barboza is an National Health Service accountant, moved to the UK ten years ago from Mangalore in Karnataka. Benedict, expressed his sadness on his Facebook page with a short note "Obituary Jacintha."

"I am devastated with the tragic loss of my beloved wife Jacintha in tragic circumstances," he wrote. He said she will be laid to rest in Shirva, India. Saldanha's sister-in-law Celine Barboza said the family could not understand what had caused the "strong" mother of two apparently to end her life.

With Additional Inputs From PTI

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