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Jacintha was still alive when found hanging: Autopsy report

PTI | 12th Dec 2012

London: An Indian-origin nurse, who was found hanging after being duped by a prank call from two Australian DJs, was still alive when she was discovered in her flat and attempts were made to revive her, British media reported today, ahead of the release of her autopsy report.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was discovered on Friday morning in her room at staff accommodation near the London's King Edward VII Hospital, which was treating Kate Middleton.

"Initial official statements suggested that she was alive but unconscious when she was discovered, however it is now understood she was found dead," Sky News reported.

The death is not being treated as suspicious. The results of the post-mortem examination are not yet known, and an inquest is due to be opened and adjourned tomorrow, the report said.

The cause of Saldanha's death will not be released until a Westminster Coroner's Court hearing, Scotland Yard said today.

The mother-of-two was found dead days after an Australian radio station duped staff at London's King Edward VII Hospital into revealing details of the Duchess of Cambridge's condition, who was being treated for severe morning sickness.

Two presenters - Mel Greig and Michael Christian - on Sydney's 2Day FM radio station called the hospital while impersonating the Queen and Prince Charles.

Saldanha, who took the call, transferred it to the ward where Kate was being treated. A second nurse then divulged details of Kate' condition.

Next: Jacintha left note, but family wants to know 'full' facts

Jacintha left note, but family wants to know 'full' facts

London: An Indian-origin nurse who was found dead after being duped by a prank call from two Australian radio hosts, had left a note for her family, which believes there are "unexplained" circumstances behind her death.

"What the family needs are the full facts. There are unexplained circumstances. The family want to know everything," Labour MP Keith Vaz has said.

"The hospital needs to be more proactive, a full inquiry is needed and the family needs to be included in that," he said, without revealing the content of the note.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, died after a suspected suicide last Friday after she was fooled by the radio hosts -- Mel Greig and Michael Christian -- who made a hoax call to the King Edward VII Hospital in Marylebone, central London.

She was the senior nurse on duty when the phone call was made.

Although the Marylebone hospital authorities have said they will conduct internal probe into the matter, the family says this is not enough, and demands answers from them over the circumstances that led to her death.

Vaz, who is representing the family, yesterday met the hospital chairman Lord Glenarthur to demand a full probe into her death.

"What the family needs are full facts. What the chairman of the hospital said to me was that there are inquiries going on in the hospital. That is not sufficient for the family. There are unexplained circumstances. The family want to know everything. All the facts, fully and clearly," Vaz said.

"They were in the dark about the hoax call. They hadn't watched the news or seen anything about it," he said, seeking support for victim's family.

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