Nurse death: Funeral held in India today

09:39 17 December 2012

Jacintha Saldanha was found dead. Picture: AP Photo/Saldanha family

Jacintha Saldanha was found dead. Picture: AP Photo/Saldanha family

The funeral of the nurse found dead after taking a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge will take place in India today.

Mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged in her nurses’ quarters at Marylebone’s King Edward VII’s Hospital by a colleague and a security guard on December 7.

Ms Saldanha’s family have flown to her home country for the funeral, which will take place at Our Lady of Health Church in the town of Shirva, Karnataka, at 4pm local time (10.30am GMT).

Her children described the “unfillable void” left in their lives by their mother’s death as a mass was held at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday.

Three days before her death, the nurse had transferred a call from two Australian DJs, believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales, to a colleague who described in detail the condition of the Duchess during her hospital stay for severe morning sickness.

Memorial services have already been held at the hospital where Ms Saldanha worked and in Bristol where her husband and children live.

Ms Saldanha left two notes in her room and also had marks on her wrist when her body was discovered, Westminster Coroner’s Court in London heard on Thursday.

A provisional date of March 26 has been set for the next inquest hearing.

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