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Family of dead nurse in Kate hoax call make tearful appearance

Published on Dec 11, 2012 6:11 AM
 
MP Keith Vaz (left) addresses the media as Lisha Barboza stands with her father Ben while he holds a picture of his wife, nurse Jacintha Saldanha, as they leave the Houses of Parliament in London Dec 10, 2012. Two Australian radio announcers who made a prank call to a British hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate broke a three-day silence on Monday to speak of their distress at the apparent suicide of the nurse who took their call. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - The "devastated" family of a nurse who apparently committed suicide after she was duped by a hoax call about Prince William's wife Catherine made an emotional public appearance on Monday, following a global outcry over the death.

Indian-born nurse Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found dead on Friday, days after falling victim to a prank call 'by Australian radio presenters to the London hospital treating pregnant Kate.

Her tearful husband Benedict Barboza and two teenage children appeared before the media outside Britain's Houses of Parliament and spoke through lawmaker Keith Vaz, whose family is also from India.

"They just want me to say that they are extremely grateful to the public here in the United Kingdom and throughout the world who have sent them messages of condolences and support following the death of Jacintha, a loving mother and a loving wife," Mr Vaz said.

 
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