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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Nurse's body flown home for funeral

Published 16/12/2012 | 10:34

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A casket containing the body of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse found hanging in her room days after she had been duped by a hoax call (AP)
Benedict Barboza leaves Westminster Cathedral in central London with daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, after a mass for Jacintha Saldanha
Jacintha Saldanha was found dead last Friday

The body of the nurse found dead after being duped by a prank call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge has been flown to India for her funeral.

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Mother-of-two Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanging in her nurses' quarters at London's King Edward VII's Hospital by a colleague and a security guard on December 7.

Three days earlier the nurse had transferred a call from two Australian DJs, believing they were the Queen and Prince of Wales, to a colleague who described in detail the condition of the Duchess during her hospital stay for severe pregnancy sickness.

Her funeral will take place on Monday at Our Lady of Health Church in the town of Shirva, Karnataka, at 4pm local time, her family said.

Ms Saldanha's children described the "unfillable void" left in their lives by their mother's death as a mass was held at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday.

Following the service, her husband Benedict Barboza and two children Junal and Lisha paid an emotional tribute to a "kind-hearted, generous and well-respected woman".

Fighting back tears, Mr Barboza said: "My wife, you were the light in my darkness, who always showed me the way forward. From the day we met, you always stood by me in times of hardship and happiness.

"I feel a part of me has been ripped out. Without your beautiful smile and sparkling personality, the house is an empty place to live.

"Nineteen years of togetherness with a strong bond of affection and understanding will be cherished forever in my life.

"Your loss is a very painful one and nobody can take that place in my life ever again. I love you and miss you forever."

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