Kate Middleton Pregnancy Watch: Jacintha Saldanha’s two suicide attempts
Daily Mail: “Royal nurse who answered hoax call about Duchess of Cambridge had attempted to kill herself twice before
Jacintha Saldanha made two attempts to kill herself last winter”
The nurse took an overdose during visit to India
She survived but tried to jump from a building nine days later
Those facts soon become:
Nurse Jacintha Saldanha… is believed to have tried to commit suicide twice previously.
Believed? A woman is dead. What are the facts?
The nurse who committed suicide after answering a hoax phone call about the Duchess of Cambridge made two attempts to kill herself last winter and had been prescribed antidepressants.
Did King Edward VII’s Hospital know? How did he woman called “a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients” become someone who had twice tried to commit suicide before being found hanged?
We are told that she took an overdose of pills on December 30, 2011 and on January 8 is “believed to have attempted suicide again and was treated at Father Muller Medical College Hospital for head injuries suffered in a ‘fall’.”
She was kept in intensive care for several days and then admitted to the psychiatric ward of the hospital, where she was treated for depression.
She was discharged three days later and given a nine-month course of anti-depressants. Her family was warned there was a risk that she may attempt suicide again.
Was her employer told?
Odd that the Mail declines to mention the Indian source that mentioned two suicide attempts. Why not name it?
Emirates247: “Royal pregnancy hoax call suicide: Nurse Jacintha attempted to kill herself twice last year, claim Indian media”
According to a report published in Deccan Herald, Saldanha, who hanged herself on December 7, following a radio prank call, is said to have had suicidal tendencies and even attempted suicide twice within a span of ten days.
The report, quoting sources, said Saldanha was suffering from “depressive disorder” caused by a history of stress.
The first suicide attempt was on December 30, 2011 followed by another attempt on January 8, both while she was on holiday in Mangalore, India.
One report. This is it.
Deccan Herald: “No prank this! Jacintha had suicidal tendencies”
The tragic story of Jacintha Saldanha, who committed suicide in her nursing staff quarters in London on December 7, may have much deeper roots than just the humiliation she suffered at the hands of the two Australian Radio DJs two days earlier, on December 5.
Eleven months before she ended her life, Jacintha had developed suicidal tendencies. She had attempted suicide twice, once on December 30, 2011, and the second time on January 8, 2012, while she was in Mangalore/Shirva on a visit to India for Christmas, according to credible information available with Deccan Herald.
The source is not named. We do not know how they came by the information. Who says it’s credible? The paper does.
On the first occasion, she is believed to have been rushed to a private hospital in Mangalore for treatment after she attempted “self-harm” on December 30. It isn’t clear if she had consumed some poisonous substance then.
Not clear. So why does the Mail mention pills?
On the second occasion on January 8, however, she was rushed to the city-based Father Muller Medical College Hospital with head injuries following a “fall.”
So. We don’t know what she took for the first alleged suicide attempt. And the second attempt is couched in invested commas, it being a’fall’. Those headline-making facts seem very uncertain.
The injury was also causing loss of consciousness for a few seconds at a time. The doctors attending to her diagnosed her with having a “depressive disorder” caused by a history of stress, though they did not have reliable information about the history. Her mood was one of “sadness,” and she suffered from decreased sleep for more than 15 days, because of which she made “two attempts of deliberate self-harm.”
With her mental condition in such a depressed state (exhibiting death wish, so to say) – unwilling to establish eye-to-eye contact with others, difficulty in establishing rapport, and her decreased volume of talk, tone and increased reaction time, doctors referred Jacintha to psychiatrists on January 10.
“The patient was taken over by psychiatry on January 10 in view of suicidal risk,” according to information with Deccan Herald. Subsequently, she was under psychiatric treatment at the hospital for four days. At the time of her discharge on January 13, her condition had considerably improved. She was in a “happy” mood, and her psychometer activity was “normal.”
The paper says she took medication until September 2012.
But, it is clear that she was not under constant supervision of family members as she lived at the nurse staff quarters alone, while her husband and children lived in Bristol, UK.
It appeared that her suicidal tendencies reappeared after the prank calls from the Australian radio DJs. This, it appeared, was an aggravating factor. However, it is not known what had caused the depressive state of mind in the first place when she made the two “self-harm” attempts while on Christmas visit to India last December-January.
For his story there is one unnamed source.
There is talk of criminal action against Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian. This news that Jacintha Saldanha had twice tried to commit suicide is important.
Detectives investigating the prank call made to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was treated for morning sickness have submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on whether an offence was committed…
Scotland Yard confirmed today that the file had been submitted…
Ms Saldanha, 46, was found dead by a colleague and a security guard on December 7. She had left two notes in her room and had marks on her wrist, Westminster Coroner’s Court heard as an inquest was opened and adjourned…
Her suicide is not a fact.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Following the death of Jacintha Saldanha, officers have liaised with the CPS as to whether any criminal offences had been committed in relation to the hoax call made to King Edward VII Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday December 4. On Wednesday December 19, officers submitted a file to the CPS for them to consider whether any potential offences may have been committed by making the
Greig and Christian have spoken of their grief and said that their prank had prompted “a tragic turn of events no-one could have predicted or expected”.
Such are the facts…