Prank Call Radio Station to Donate Funds to Nurse’s Family

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By Laura Smith-Spark and Marilia Brocchetto

(CNN) — The Australian radio station which made a prank call to a UK hospital that apparently resulted in the death of a nurse said Tuesday that it would donate at least 500,000 Australian dollars (US$524,000) to a fund for the nurse’s family.

Jacintha Saldanha apparently took her own life after being duped by the prank call from two DJs seeking information on Prince William’s wife, Catherine. The Sydney-based 2DayFM radio station has come under heavy fire over the hoax call. The media group which owns 2DayFM said it would resume advertising on the station — halted in the wake of the tragedy — beginning Thursday, with all profits until the end of the year going to a fund that would directly benefit Saldanha’s family and a minimum contribution of 500,000 Australian dollars.

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  • NCLEX Preceptor

    Nurses are patients saviors in many ways and it saddens me that with just a prank call, a noble nurse had taken her own life. My prayers go out to nurse Saldanha and her family.

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