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    Hospital nurse found dead after prank call on Catherine - CNN.com

    This is so sad!! Should the DJs be held responsible in any way or was it simply a lighthearted prank that had very bad (unintended) consequences?

    London (CNN) -- An employee at the hospital that was duped by a prank call from two Australian radio DJs concerning Prince William's pregnant wife, Catherine, has apparently committed suicide, the hospital confirmed Friday.

    The employee, a member of the nursing staff, "was recently the victim of a hoax call," King Edward VII Hospital said in a media statement.

    The DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles in the prank call, in which some details of the Duchess of Cambridge's condition and care were given.

    Audio of the call posted online suggested a receptionist spoke briefly to the DJs, who host a show for the 2Day FM radio station in Sydney, before the call was put through to a nurse.

    The hospital said Wednesday that it deeply regretted the call had been put through early Tuesday morning.

    The nurse found dead was the one who first received the prank call and transferred it to the duchess's ward. Her family has been contacted, the hospital said.

    The radio show apologized for the call Wednesday, saying it "was done with light-hearted intentions."

    The Duchess of Cambridge was discharged from the hospital Thursday after treatment for acute morning sickness.
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    Aww, that is so sad. I had read about the prank call. I do not believe it was the fault of the DJ's, but an unfortunate mistake on the part of the nurse. How sad though, that she felt it necessary to take her own life!

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    I was just reading about this. Very sad but i really don't think the DJs should be held responsible in any way.

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    I agree. Very sad that she felt the need to take her life over something so trivial, but I don't think the DJ's are responsible for it.
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    I wonder if you can get in trouble there for impersonating someone with the intent of obtaining private medical information.

    I don't really care to seek out a punishment for these DJ's...i'm just thinking there could theoretically be grounds for it.

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    They should get in trouble for impersonating someone.


    I felt sorry for the nurse at first, but she volunteered private medical info. She knew she would get fired and/or probably worse.
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    Yes, I think it was scuzzy what they tried to do but ultimately it was up to her as the nurse to know better than to disclose info.

    Although, I can't necessarily say I am familiar with the privacy laws there.

    I feel bad that she felt the need to take her life.
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    Very lousy of the nurse to give out the info, it's too bad she was so distraught over it. So sad.

    The dj's are idiots (why on earth would you even want to try that?? what's the point??), but shouldn't be in trouble. I'm sure it will be hard for them to live with anyway. It should be illegal to request confidential patient information.
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    Though this might have been a trigger, I'm sure she had other problems that had a lot more to do with it than this.
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    Responsible for the suicide? No, I don't think the DJs are responsible for that. BUT, and for me this is a big but.....They absolutely should be held accountable for impersonating someone in order to get access to private medical records (the Queen??? If you're going to commit fraud I guess you should go big), and then divulging that private information to the entire friggin world.
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