Royal hoax call: Indian origin nurse left 'suicide note', but family wants to know 'full' facts

Jacintha Saldanha family

Southern Cross Austereo, the company which owns the station, said it will donate 3,20,000 pounds to a memorial fund set up in Saldanha's name by King Edward VII Hospital, and added it has cancelled this year's Christmas party.

"We hope that by contributing to a memorial fund we can help to provide the Saldanha family with the support they need at this very difficult time," said Rhys Holleran, Southern Cross Austereo's chief executive.

Meanwhile, a local newspaper quoting a family source has claimed that victim's husband Benedict Barboz had tried to track her down in the hours before her suspected suicide.

Barboza had not heard from his wife for two days, so he called up one of her friends to check on her, the Mirror reported.

Barboza called at Jacintha's Central London flat at around 9.30 pm (local time) on Thursday, a day before she was found dead, but he did not hear anything back from the friend.

Jacintha would normally be in regular contact with her husband at the family home in Bristol, but she stopped phoning or taking calls after news of the prank call broke, the paper quoting the family source said.

"Ben was so worried he called a friend who then knocked on the door. But he never heard back from that person. Then he finds out that his wife's been found dead the next day," the source said.

The Mirror revealed yesterday that Benedict was angry with the hospital for the way it handled the aftermath of the hoax.

The family said it learnt there are no switchboard staff at the hospital at certain times of the day, leading to the phone system automatically diverting calls to a senior nurse.

The hospital, however, says it supported her after the hoax and did not discipline her in any way.

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