Benedict Barboza carrying the coffin of his wife, Jacintha Saldanha, into the Our Lady of Church in Shirva, Karnataka in India today

Last Passage To India: Suicide Nurse Jacintha Saldhana Buried In Funeral [Video]

The nurse found dead after being duped by a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge has been buried at a funeral today in India.

Jacintha Saldanha’s body was flown from the UK on Sunday ahead of a memorial service before being laid to rest in a cemetery behind the Our Lady of the Health Church in the town of Shirva in Karnataka, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The 46-year-old mother of two was found hanged in staff apartments near London’s King Edward VII hospital on Friday, December 7.

Last week, The Guardian reported that one of three notes left by the nurse had “criticized hospital staff.” Previously, a public statement by John Lofthouse, the hospital’s chief executive, said Mrs. Saldanha had felt “humiliated” by the prank call.

On Tuesday December 4, Mrs. Saldanha unwittingly transferred a call from two Australian radio DJs from 2Day FM — after they impersonated the Queen and Prince Charles — to a nurse on the ward where the duchess was being treated for acute morning sickness.

It was, in fact, this second nurse who divulged details of the duchess’ condition.

Mrs. Saldanha’s family, husband Benedict Barboza and their two teenage children, Junal and Lisha, attended the funeral after accompanying Mrs. Saldanha’s body on the journey to India over the weekend, notes the Daily Telegraph.

According to Australia’s news.com, “more than 1000 mourners gathered for the late afternoon funeral liturgy.” A male relative of the family told the outlet, “We’re simple people. The family are very upset by the media. They really need their privacy.”

A candle lit vigil was held for Ms Saldhana in Mangalore at the weekend before the funderal today
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