Jacintha Saldanha was the nurse at the centre of the hoax phone call made to the King Edward VII hospital where Kate Middleton was an inpatient. Around 9.30 this morning she was found unconcious. She was later pronounced dead at the scene. It is believed that she committed suicide.
The two Australians who made the prank call apologised initially but they still continued to post tweets referring to the hoax. Their accounts have now been disabled.
According to the hospital Jacintha was not reprimanded but rather offered support through what was a media intrusive time. None of us like to be the butt of a joke do we? In the case of this nurse the fact that the British Royal family were involved may have been too hard to bear.
According to media sources the Royals had not put pressure on the nurse or her bosses. Yes William was said to be furious initially but what husband would not be? Prince Charles was joking about the affair yesterday.
The UK has many overseas nurses working its hospitals. This means that what to us may seem trivial may be very important to that person.
According to a report on CNN, "Talking about the call on air Thursday, Greig said: "They were the world's worst accents ever. We were sure 100 people at least before us would've tried the same thing. ... We were expecting to be hung up on -- we didn't even know what to say when we got through.""
Of course as Brit you only had to listen to the few words played on news stations to know that the nurse involved was not a British national. It was also the very early hours of the morning which will have added to the confusion.
Twitter now has angry tweets about the couple who made the hoax call but that is just more of the same. Social media sites are not supposed to be about witch hunts, bullying, aggressive behaviuour and more. They are supposed to allow social networking.
Lessons must be learned but they will come too late for Jacintha. RIP and condolences to the family.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog