Nurse Jacintha Saldanha 'had attempted suicide before'
THE Bristol 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 anti- depressants, it has been reported.
Jacintha Saldanha, from Southmead, who took her own life days after the call from Australian DJs pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, attempted to commit suicide last December with an overdose of pills during a family visit to India, according to Indian newspaper reports.
She survived after being rushed to hospital but tried to commit suicide again just nine days later by apparently jumping from a building.
Ms Saldanha, 46, spent several days in intensive care before receiving psychiatric treatment and being prescribed a course of powerful antidepressants for nine months.
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Along with the previous suicide attempts, members of Ms Saldanha's family have revealed that the nurse was so ashamed after taking the hoax call earlier this month that she did not tell her husband or two teenage children about it before her death, despite speaking to them by phone several times.
Ms Saldanha was found hanged at her living quarters at the King Edward VII's Hospital in Central London on December 7.
Last week, hundreds of mourners gathered in a small town in India for her funeral. Friends and family paid their respects to the nurse during a simple ceremony in Shirva, 30 miles north of Mangalore.
She took her life three days after transferring a call from two Australian DJs, believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales, to a colleague who described in detail the Duchess's condition during her hospital stay for morning sickness.