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Prank Call May be Responsible For Nurse Death

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There is a saying ‘What is joke to you is death to me’.  This saying was illustrated recently when a London-based nurse committed suicide after DJs pulled off a royal hospital prank call.

The DJs, posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles called the hospital, tricking nurses into divulging information about Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy.  A recording of the call was posted on the internet and played on television and radio stations around the world.  The humiliation caused by this may have driven Nurse Jacintha Saldanha to commit suicide.

It was a very selfish and irresponsible act on the path of these two Australian DJs to carry out this prank without giving any thought or consideration of how it would affect the people involved.  They were interested in only one thing and that was to make the news and be in the spotlight, but at what cost?

As a result of their actions a woman is dead; two children have lost a mother, a man has lost his partner and a family is left in mourning.  DJs you made the news but I have one question for you, was it worth it?

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  1. Jas Baku says:

    Undeniably a stupid joke, with tragic consequences. Humiliating somebody on air, knowing it would then go viral is playground selfishness.
    But I don’t think 2 DJs and the radio station can be blamed for all the tragic events that followed the hoax. For that poor nurse to take her own life, and deprive her family of her love over Christmas and for the rest of their lives, took more than that. The hoax was just a trigger – it could have been anything – we need to look deeper than that.

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    • marvaseaton says:

      Thanks for reading and for sharing your point of view. You are correct it was her choice but if a car is perched at the top of a cliff sometimes it doesn’t take much for it to go over and people sometimes react to immediate situations without thinking it through.first.

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  2. I am ashamed to call myself Australian in times like this. We do have a wacky sense of humour, but they crossed a line here – they should ensured the airing of the prank was approved by those involved. But it wasn’t…

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