Australian DJs ‘Incredibly Sorry’ Over Death Of Nurse Jacintha Saldanha [VIDEO]

December 10th, 2012 // 1 Comment
Mel Greig, Michael Christian

After King Edward VII hospital nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found dead last Friday (December 7th), all eyes were on Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian.

The 2Day FM radio personalities placed a prank call last week to the hospital in hopes of “checking in” on the Duchess of Cambridge, who was being treated for Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Both Greig and Christian are utterly shattered by the news of Saldanha’s death, and appeared on two Australian talk shows: Channel 7′s Today Tonight and Channel 9′s A Current Affair.  Both interviewers took a sympathetic approach, according to the Daily Mail.

Greig said that hearing the news “was the worst phone call I have had in my life.

‘There is not a minute that goes by where we don’t think about her [Ms Saldanha's] family and what they must be going through,” Greig added.  ‘The thought that we may have played a part in that is gut wrenching.”

“The joke was 100 per cent on us,” Christian interjected.  ”The idea was never, let’s call up and get through to Kate or let’s speak to a nurse. The joke was, our accents are horrible, they don’t sound anything like who they’re intended to be.”

The radio station’s company Austereo claimed to have called the hospital at least five times before airing the hoax.  The hospital denies every speaking to senior management or Austereo’s press office.
St. James’s Palace released the following statement on Saturday morning:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha.

Their Royal Highnesses were looked after so wonderfully well at all times by everybody at King Edward VII Hospital, and their thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.

We want to know your thoughts on this tragedy.  Who do we point the finger at? Or do we point the finger at anyone?

By Kelly Lynch
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  1. hoosiermom

    With all due respect to the deceased nurse and her grieving family, it seems drastic that she would take her life over a prank that she was not in any way reprimanded for. Could it be that she had other mental health issues that haven’t been reported? Maybe she suffered from depression. It also seems a little “scapegoat-y” to blame the DJs for her death.

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