Family awaits probe results into Indian nurse's death
Posted on: 19 Dec 2012
Shirva : 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, told reporters here Monday.
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 in this small town, 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 Dec 7 in the King Edward VII Hospital in central London after she became a victim of a prank call by two jockeys of an Australian radio station, who pretended to be Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles to enquire about the health of a pregnant princess Kate Middleton 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.
Benedict, however, thanked the media and people for supporting the family in their hour of grief from the day the tragic death of his wife came to light.
Benedict also thanked British Labour Party parliament member Keith Vaz, the Indian high commission in London, Rajya Sabha member and Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, state home minister R. Ashoka and former state chief minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda for expediting the process of bringing Jacintha's body to India Sunday.
Affirming that Benedict's family, including son Junal, 16, and daughter Lisha, 14, would return to London soon, Almeida said the family was yet to decide when it would leave as they were currently in a state of mourning.
Benedict lives in Bristol, about 190 km from London, where he works in the state-run National Health Service.