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Radio station vows $500K to nurse's kin in Kate hoax

  • Woman who answered radio station's prank call later found dead
  • DJs who made the call are off the air & have apologized
  • Station vows to make a $500,000 donation to victim's family

The radio station behind the prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for acute morning sickness is promising to give a large sum of money to the victim's family.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was filling in on the switchboard at King Edward VII's Hospital and answered a call from two Australian DJs who were pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles inquiring about Kate Middleton's wellbeing. Saldanha forwarded that call to a nurse who was looking after the Duchess.

At first, the prank was treated as kind of a lark by the international press, but then word came that Saldanha had been found dead, the victim of an apparent suicide.

Keep reading: Nurse duped in Duchess hospital prank found dead

Now, the company behind the radio station tells the Sydney Morning Herald they will donate the profits from advertising sales for the rest of the year to Saldanha's family, a sum of at least half a million dollars.

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