LONDON – It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was on the receiving end of a prank call by a couple of Aussie radio DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. Jacintha patched the call straight through to Kate’s private nurse, who then openly discussed Kate’s medical condition.
Well, no one’s laughing now. Jacintha is dead after a suspected suicide. Paramedics found Jacintha unconscious just yards from the King Edward VII Hospital, where the married mother-of-two worked.
“Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse, and well-respected and popular with all of her colleagues,” said John Lofthouse, Chief Executive, King Edward VII Hospital.
Before Jacintha died, the DJs apologized for the prank but it seems the damage was already done. Now the jokes on them: they’ve been yanked off the air until further notice.
Undoubtedly there is no way the DJs could have seen this coming. But still, there just aren’t enough “sorry’s” to take this back.