London: The British hospital that fell victim to a prank call from two Australian DJs asking questions about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge condemned the hoax on Saturday, ratcheting up the pressure on their radio station a day after the nurse who took the call was found dead.
Lord Glenarthur, the chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital, wrote the chairman of the radio station’s owner to urge him not to let such a thing happen again. The consequence of the prank for "was the humiliation of two dedicated and caring nurses who were simply doing their job tending to their patients," he wrote.
"The longer term consequence has been reported around the world and is, frankly, tragic beyond words."
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead early Friday at nurses’ housing provided by London’s King Edward VII hospital, where Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, was being treated for acute morning sickness.
Police released a grainy photo of Saldanha yesterday. A native of India, she had lived in Bristol in southwestern England with her family for the past nine years, Scotland Yard confirmed. Police said her death is being treated as "unexplained," though they said they didn’t find anything suspicious. Police have made no connection between her death and the prank call, but people from London to Sydney have been making the assumption that she died because of stress from the call.
In a statement, Saldanha’s family said they were "deeply saddened" by the death and asked for privacy.
Saldanha had worked for four years at the hospital. She took the hoax call on Tuesday by the two DJs from 2DayFM, and transferred the call to the nurse caring for the duchess. During the call, a woman using the often-mimicked voice of Britain’s monarch asked about the duchess’ health.