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Family awaits probe results into Jacintha's death

The grief-stricken family of Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldhana is waiting for the results of the investigation being conducted by the London police into her death.

“The family is waiting for the results of the investigation into the causes that led Jacintha to take her life. We cannot comment as investigations are on,” Steven Almeida, a family friend from Britain said.


RIP: Children of Jacintha Saldanha, daughter Lisha Saldanha and son Junal Saldanha are consoled by their father Benedict Barboza during their mother's funeral at the Shirva Church cemetery near Mangalore. Pic/AFP

Prior to the family’s media interaction, the remains of the 46-year-old nurse was laid to rest in a Catholic cemetery near the local church, about 400 km from Bangalore.

As Jacintha’s husband Benedict Barboza (49), was not in a position to speak to the media, Almeida said the London police had assured the family of conducting a fair and thorough investigation into her death.

Jacintha hanged herself on December 7 at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London after she became a victim of a prank call by two DJs of an Australian radio station, who pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles enquiring about the health of pregnant Kate, a day after she was admitted to the royal hospital for acute morning sickness.

She was pronounced dead when wheeled into the hospital in an ambulance. The autopsy report and an inquest into the cause of her death indicted that Jacintha was found hanging in her room in the hospital quarters with injuries on one wrist.

The British police also recovered three notes from her room, in which she mentioned about the circumstances in which she received the hoax call and how remorseful she was about the incident.                      

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