Remembering Jacintha the royal nurse - page 4

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I just felt the need to acknowledge the passing of one of our own. I feel tremendous sadness that Jacintha ,the Royals nurse felt the need to take her own life. It is worth pausing perhaps to consider how she felt. Easy... Read More


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    Quote from CrunchRN
    i guess I have a different take on this. I think she must have had much more than this going on to cause her suicide. And I am very sorry, but i think it is horribly indulgent no matter how difficult things are to abandon your children this way.

    My little bro died this year from an accident that was caused in part by his own lack of self control. He left behind 3 wonderful kids who are going through he__ __ trying to adjust to life without their father.

    I feel badly for her in some ways, but i think as a parent you have a responsibility to get yourself some help and not cause such devastation for your children that you chose to bring into this world.
    I am so glad to know I am not the only person who thinks this. She wasn't even the one who gave out the information...so there had to be more going on. I am not on the DJ crucifixion bandwagon yet either. It was a stupid prank, but how can you blame them for her death? As a mother, I cannot fathom killing myself and leaving my children to suffer for the rest of their lives because I got had, embarrassed, or even fired. I think it is terribly selfish. Even with postpartum depression, my newborn was my first concern. "I want to just walk away and never come back. But who would be his mother?" Couldn't do it. Maybe she had some underlying mental health problems? That is about the only explanation that would make me feel differently. My heart goes out to her husband and children.
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    This morning Mass, I offer my Prayer to Jacintha may she find rest and peace with the help of Our Almighty God!
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    Suicide is unfathomable. My friend and mentor took her own life, and I know she wasn't selfish or would ever intentionally cause people she cared about to suffer years of pain and confusion. All I can figure (and I still don't understand it) is that whatever was going on internally with her was so awful she saw death as the only way to stop it, and ironically I think her desire not to burden others with her troubles allowed things to build to the point she saw this act as the only way out.
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    Quote from FDW630
    As a mother, I cannot fathom killing myself and leaving my children to suffer for the rest of their lives because I got had, embarrassed, or even fired. I think it is terribly selfish. Even with postpartum depression, my newborn was my first concern. "I want to just walk away and never come back. But who would be his mother?"
    Neither could I. And I bet at one point, she felt the same way. People who take such drastic measures have serious issues. She was not in her right mind. It's not one single action that makes a person decide to do this. But perhaps, this was the straw that broke the camels back.
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    It seems the nurse in question did have one or two things going on in her medical past that may have played a role in her suicide.

    British nurse Jacintha Saldanha, victim of radio prank involving Kate Middleton, attempted suicide twice before and took antidepressants: report - NY Daily News
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    Just goes to show- people should think before they pull a prank or say something. We never know what our actions or words may spark. I still say, that poor woman.
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    This is kinda an old story, but after all I've been through with suicide, I felt like I should say it.

    So these radio show guys pranked a nurse serving Princess Kate Middleton into giving out sensitive information. They posed as Kate's mom. She ended up commiting suicide because of the joke. Horrible yes???

    Since suicide has been a major part of my life that story just infuriated me. I also hate practical jokes as well so that was double.

    The punishment I think was far from just. They got radio suspension not a full band. Their twitter accounts were permanently disabled as well. I honestly think they should have at least gotten 1 month to six months in jail. Because this is also not the first joke that has gone a little bit to far. That was one of three. The other two didn't have such a horrible consequence, but they still went a bit over board.

    Thoughts?
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    I agree about most practical jokes. Some of the idiot TV encourages craziness in practical jokes, some end in death.

    As for the nurse, I do feel very bad for her. We protect patients' privacy issues in the US as much as possible. it gives me renewed thanks for this.
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    With all respect...unless you (general) are the deceased or were able to read for yourself the contents of the suicide note, you honestly don't know what drove her to end her life. Was the practical joke a contributing factor in her suicide? Likely--it was mentioned in the note. Was it the SOLE factor? I doubt it, because there's a lot in that note that was NOT made public...nor are family and friends always going to be forthcoming to the public about what the deceased's demons really were. We will never really know.

    This is a tragedy, yes. I'm not saying that the DJs should be let off of the hook entirely--far from it--but on the other hand, it's very easy for the public to want someone to tar and feather, especially given that one of the parties involved is a beloved public figure (royalty). Had this not involved such a person but an Average Joe instead, I wonder if there would be the same thirst for retribution.

    That being said, I think that these types of practical jokes should be banned because of the cruelty and potential harm that they can cause. I think suspending them from radio and Twitter was just, and I agree that it should have been a full ban instead--their career in all forms of media, not just radio, should be permanently ended.

    But to earn jail time? That I honestly don't know about. Maybe. Maybe not.
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Jan 6, '13
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    people are so insensitive these days. It's an evil world that we live in. I would say that it surprises me but it really doesn't.


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