Nurse death: Post mortem to be held tomorrow

16:29 10 December 2012

Jacintha Saldanha was a nurse at King Edward VII

Jacintha Saldanha was a nurse at King Edward VII's Hospital.


A post-mortem exam will take place tomorrow to determine how one of the nurses working at the hospital which treated the Duchess of Cambridge died.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead in work-provided accommodation in Weymouth Street, central, not far from the King Edward VII’s Hospital where she worked.

A post-mortem is due to take place at Westminster Mortuary tomorrow to establish the cause of death.

Mother-of-two Miss Saldanha was on duty at the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge for severe morning sickness when she was duped by Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian into helping reveal details about the Duchess of Cambridge’s health.

She answered the presenters’ call and, believing they were members of the Royal Family, put them through to another nurse who described Kate’s condition in detail.

Earlier today the DJs said they were “gutted, shattered, heartbroken” by the death of Miss Saldanha.

In emotional television interviews on Australian TV networks, Greig and Christian insisted their prank call to the King Edward VII’s Hospital had “a tragic turn of events no-one could have predicted or expected”.

A tearful Greig, who was at times comforted by Christian, told Today Tonight on Australia’s Channel Seven: “There’s nothing that can make me feel worse than what I feel right now. And for what I feel for the family.

“We’re so sorry that this has happened to them.”

Greig continued: “I remember my first question was ‘Was she a mother?’.

“I have thought about this a million times in my head, that I just wanted to reach out to them and just give them a big hug and say sorry.

“I hope they are OK, I really do.”

A sombre and downcast Christian added: “I just hope that they get the love, the support, the care that they need.”

In a second interview on the Nine Network, the DJs said they had never expected their fake call would be put through to the Duchess’s ward.

They said they expected it to last 30 seconds, get told off and have the phone hung up in their ear.

Christian told Nine’s A Current Affair programme: “It was something that was just fun and light-hearted and a tragic turn of events no-one could have predicted or expected.

“We are shattered, heartbroken and our deepest sympathy goes to the family, friends and all those people affected.

“Mel and myself are incredibly sorry for the situation and what’s happened.”

In a statement Southern Cross Austereo, said it had suspended advertising on 2Day FM until further notice, ended Greig and Christian’s Hot 30 show and suspended prank calls across the company.

Scotland Yard is understood to have asked police in Sydney for assistance, with a view to interviewing the two DJs ahead of an inquest into Ms Saldanha’s death.

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