Nurse's family 'grateful' for public support
The grieving family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha thank the public for their support in the tragedy at the British parliament.PT1M11S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2b8mg 620 349 December 12, 2012
A nurse at the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital who killed herself after falling victim to a hoax wrote an apparent suicide note to her family, it has emerged.
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, left a note for her husband Ben Barboza, 49, and children Junal, 17, and Lisha, 14, but they still believe there are "unexplained circumstances" and are demanding answers from the King Edward VII Hospital.
They were in the dark about the hoax call. They hadn't watched the news or seen anything about it.
Mrs Saldanha, from Bristol, was declared dead on Friday after being found unconscious at a nurses' accommodation block where she lived when she was working in London.
Lisha Barboza stands with her father Ben. Photo: Reuters
Three days earlier, she had put through a call from two Australian DJs impersonating Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales, who then spoke to a nurse on the Duchess's ward.
A post mortem examination on Mrs Saldanha's body was carried out by a Home Office pathologist on Tuesday to determine the cause of death, the results of which are expected to be made public today.
Keith Vaz, the Labour MP who has been helping the family, said: "What the family need are the full facts. There are unexplained circumstances. The hospital needs to be more proactive, a full inquiry is needed and the family need to be included in that."
British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed that the family should be given all the facts when he was questioned by Mr Vaz at the House of Commons liaison committee yesterday.
Mr Vaz also disclosed that Mr Barboza, an NHS accountant, and his children, knew nothing about the hoax call or Mrs Saldanha's involvement until after her death.
"They were in the dark about the hoax call," he said. "They hadn't watched the news or seen anything about it."
The owners of the Australian radio station behind the prank call, 2DayFM, said all profits from now until the end of the year would be donated to a fund for Mrs Saldanha's family. At least $500,000 was guaranteed.
The station also cancelled its planned Christmas party out of "respect" for Mrs Saldanha's family and will give the money it would have spent on the party to charities helping people with depression.
The two presenters who made the call, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, have been suspended and their show has been cancelled.
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The Daily Telegraph, London