Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Australian Radio Station Hoax Call To Hospital, William, Pippa + James Visit Kate + More

We begin today's post with a rather bizarre story. St James's Palace are said to be furious after a member of staff at King Edward VII Hospital revealed private details about her condition to two prank callers from Australian radio station 2Day FM. Announcers Mel Greig and Michael Christian called the hospital pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles enquiring about Kate. Surprisingly they managed to acquire details with Kate's nurse divulging "she's sleeping at the moment, she had an uneventful night and has been given fluids at the moment." The radio presenters went on to ask about visiting times and when William left last night.

If you wish to listen to the hoax call click here. What amazes me is the fact it was quite clearly a prank call. The impersonations were completely unbelievable and surely anyone from Britain would have known they were not speaking to Her Majesty? King Edward VII Hospital is the medical institution of choice for the Royal Family. The Queen, Prince Philip and The Duchess of Cornwall have all stayed there.

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The hospital's chief executive John Loftus described the call as foolish and deplorable:

'This was a foolish prank that we all deplore. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and we are now reviewing our telephone protocols'.

It is a shocking breach of privacy and it beggars belief that any random joker could call up the hospital and obtain personal information on the Duchess. While the intentions of the call were humorous, I dread to think of possible security issues that could have arisen from this call. As for the radio station in question they've "apologised for any inconvenience caused", but they may well be in breach of Australian broadcasting regulations. The guidelines state that broadcasters should not use "material relating to a person's private or personal affairs, or which invades an individual's privacy."

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Prince William arrived at the hospital at 12.20 and left just after 5. He was given the news about the prank call by Royal aides and is no doubt be incredibly unhappy about it.



James and Pippa Middleton also visited Kate this afternoon. Kate's parents Carole and Mike visited yesterday and used the rear entrance.



On another note, members of the Royal Family have begun to speak publicly about the announcement. Speaking during an engagement today the Countess of Wessex described it as "a perfect end to a pretty great year", while Prince Edward sympathized with Kate's condition describing it as 'extremely unpleasant. You can watch a video at the BBC.

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Meanwhile Prince Harry sent Kate a touching message of support from Afghanistan: 'Get Well Soon Sis' :)

60 comments:

  1. Ana B. from Brazil5 December 2012 20:46

    It is quite incredible someone actually believed that tasteless joke.
    And what is even more incredible is that the nurse have passed those informations to someone she couldn't possibly think was the Queen herself.
    This hospital really need a better privacy rule.
    And those radio presenters need to find better things to do. What a shame.
    I hope the Duchess is feeling better!

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  2. As much as I enjoying hearing news of the Duchess and viewing the clothes she wears, I am appalled by this breach of privacy.

    I hope the nurse in question is properly reprimanded and at the very least letters of demerit placed in her file. I hope, too, that the full force of whatever censure can be applied by the Australian broadcasting regulators is meted out to the so-called comedians.

    The paps have learned and will stop at nothing. Camped outside the hospital as they are, it is clear that they will hound William and Catherine as they did the late Princess of Wales. Pray God not to the same end.

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  3. Wow... I hope the issue gets resolved soon. So sad.. and I hope Kate gets well soon!

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  4. COMMENT UPDATE: A huge number of comments from this post and the previous post have disappeared within the last hour. My sincerest apologies, It would appear blogger is having technical issues.

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  5. Why is it that only Kate's parents are using the rear entrance, I would've figured William would definitely be making the most out of something like that.
    I really hope Kate gets better soon, I can't wait to see her maternity wardrobe in the months to come!

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  6. The prank was quite harmless with no spiteful intent - the presenters were so shocked that they were put through!!
    The hospital is really the one at fault here, from the switchboard operator who immediately put them through when they asked for Kate, to the nurse who gave out the information. They really need to look at their policies & procedures regarding privacy especially with such high profile patients!!

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    1. I agree! There is no need to go on about firing the radio hosts since clearly the hospital doesn't have good privacy rules. The nurse probably should have known better when she heard the "dogs" barking in the background....

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  7. Pauline California5 December 2012 22:23

    OMG when I heard about this breach of privacy again I just got really pisst off. This poor couple can't get a break. I hope the royal family take legal action against the radio station and the two employees. I hope the employees get fired and never work in radio again. And the nurse should have known that the Queen nor Prince Charles would call the hospital together. The hospital need's to review their phone policy. Here in California you can not get an ounce of information from anyone either in the drs. office or hospital.

    I bet you William is really upset and hoping he can tell his Duchess without getting her to upset. She does not need this crap now. She need's to be stress free.

    I am sure William will act whatever action needed and god for bid these two do anything like this again.

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    1. Wait!!! What's the big deal a harmless joke? Still don't get what the big drama is all about just another pregnant female, Oh!!! royalty That's right they make inbreeding very interesting.

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  8. Im sure Kate and William will have a good laugh about this in private... probably more to the expense of The Queen and Prince Charles.
    The younger royals (and no so royal) are a pretty light hearted bunch. The Hospital should have better privacy rules.

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  9. i strongly feel the dj's should be fired...that's not a prank. that's stupid

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  10. I can't agree with the view that it was an innocent prank and nothing to get excited about.

    I'm amazed that the nurse fell for the prank, but it's even more shocking that the issue of telephone inquiries regarding her condition was not addressed by the hospital in a proactive manner. Kate does not need the stress associated with yet another invasion of her privacy.

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    1. What I found most worrying was the fact it could have been someone else who did not have humorous intentions and who knows what info the nurse would have given away if asked. Security is always an issue for the royals and at such a difficult time this is the last thing William and Kate needed. Yes they are royals, Yes they are in the public eye but they are also people like the rest of us who are expecting their first baby.

      Another issue I didn't mention in the post that I've found quite shocking is the number of people who are blaming Kate's illness on her weight. HG is a serious pregnancy disease, nothing to do with weight.

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    2. Absolutely agree. We are all different shapes and sizes. It's ridiculous that people still judge this young woman on her weight and utterly ignorant to say that this debilitating pregnancy related condition is due to being too thin. I wish her all the best having to deal with this and the constant media scrutiny. The Duke and Duchess should be afforded some privacy.

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    3. I added a link in the post of Edward's good wishes where he explains he and Sophie have a friend who went through the same illness, he described it as 'extremely unpleasant' and added 'he wouldn't wish it on anyone'.

      There is a terrible amount of ignorance on the subject. It baffles me to be honest. HG is a debilitating illness and nothing like normal morning sickness.

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    4. Charlotte, that misconception has shocked me too. I'd like to add to that the number of tweets and news article comments I've seen saying things like "Get a grip, I dealt with morning sickness while working!" etc, etc. So many people do not seem to understand that it's a disease.

      I hate so much that this has happened to Kate, but hopefully this will get awareness out on HG and more sympathy for expectant mothers who deal with it.

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    5. I was discussing it with my mother the day Kate went to hospital and she said one of the most challenging aspects of HG is the ignorance and here we are 21 years later and attitudes haven't changed that much.

      A very close friend of mine suffered with it too and it is nothing like normal morning sickness. Hopefully with awareness, these thoughts will change.

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    6. Sometimes I think people are rude towards Kate just because they are sure her life is a bed of roses, since she is rich, pretty, royal and famous. People can be very envious.

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    7. @ Anonymous, 6 Dec 01:24, You NAILED it. :)

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    8. I was shocked the nurse gave the information (I am an RN) but maybe she thought since the call had been put through it actually WAS the queen.. However I was really fed up with papers like the Times that reported the conversation verbatim thus contributing the the release of the Duchess's confidential information.

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    9. I'm not really seeing in the information about the hospital conversation what confidential information was revealed. It all seemed pretty general to me. I like the royals but let's be honest, they're not above reproach nor should they be. We live in the 21st century, not the 14th century, when monarchs and their families were believed to be deities.

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    10. In my country we say Who wants to beat a dog always will find a stick to do so - in other words, some people don´t need any real reason for their hater or criticism. Kate is not abnormaly thin anymore, she has been putting on some weight since the Canadian tour, on Pacific tour she already had very healthy figure + she is athletic, there were always muscules even when she was so thin (and that never was she like Nicole Ritchie i.e. -God,what kind of HG should have had this one?) So link HG with her figure is a complete non sense, from the medical point of view, and unfair because simply it is not true. I´m not any superslim but these comments seem to me be coming from fat people or people unsatisfied with their own body (or life)
      And to the point - I just can´t wrap my head around how this "joke" occured to those "comics"? The point? Even if they hadn´t been put through what is it what they wanted to reach??? And when I found out Kate was sleeping while this was happenig, I feel very sad for her. Being a subject of a joke when you are in the most vulnerable state is not funny no matter how light hearted you are in your normal life. Two zeros just wanted gain a bit of fame from someone´s difficult situation and they are proud of it. The nurse should be "naive" but maybe she was just affraid deny or ask some proof in case it was the Queen (what silly idea!)..info on public phone number in hospital like this is just incredible!
      P.S. I lost my baby in 8th week - the week in which Kate allegedly is, so maybe I´m more sensitive in all this matter.

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    11. Mia- I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

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    12. Sarah from Calif.7 December 2012 01:09

      Mia I am so sorry for your loss having had several miscarriages. I do understand your pain. A big hug for you! !!!:)

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    13. Thank you very much ladies!
      I feel a bit bad for having spilled "TMI" here but just wanted to explain my extreme sympathy for Kate. Unfortunately in first 12 weeks up to 25% of pregnancies ends spontaneously (some of them without awarness of the woman) so there is a REALLY good reason why to keep the secret until the safepoint and it is a big pitty they couldn´t do so.
      Oh, Sarah I´m so sorry for you too,to undergo that experience more than once must be terrible... I hope you finally had/will have your baby!!!:)

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  11. A little something we said at Mass today. Lord God, You alone are the source of every good gift, the bringing together of TRH William and Catherine. We thank you for your great power and the tender, faithful love you have given to William and Catherine. Lord God, you alone are the source of each human life, please bless William and Catherine with a healthy baby(s) with a sweet disposition. John and Joan in Tenn.

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    1. Thank you, very lovely :)

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    2. Pauline California6 December 2012 03:18

      John & Joan- What a great prayer. I lite a candle for William, Catherine & their unborn child today. May god bless them with a heathly baby/babies. My Catherine recover quickly and get to William.

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  12. There was definitely humor in the call itself (I had to giggle, like earlier Anon said, at The Queen and Prince Charles' expense), but not in the situation.

    However I was always told to look at the brighter side- Obviously there wasn't a foolproof method for phone screening at the hospital. I'm glad it was infiltrated by some pranksters before a sleazy journalist figured it out and got really intimate information. Because honestly, it was probably only a matter of time before one tried. Hopefully now the system is revamped and no one but their closest circle can get through. I hate the busy hospital staff had to take time to deal with it though.

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  13. I know this may not be welcome, but can I just say I feel sorry for the nurse? Bless her heart she thought she was speaking to her queen. Furthermore she thought she would be meeting her soon. I know it sounds like she should have known better, but I understand how excitement can cloud senses.

    Yes she was wrong to divulge private information and yes she should have been less naive, but lets not gather a lynchmob. She made a mistake, but can you each put yourself in her shoes? Cut her some slack.

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    1. Personally, I don't blame the nurse. True...who can honestly say what they would do in such a position. But I do blame the hospital for not being proactive.

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    2. Pauline California6 December 2012 03:24

      i am sorry but I do not feel sorry for the nurse. Common sense would tell you why would the Queen be calling the hospital @5:30am with Charles by her side asking about "Kate" her granddaughter. I guess the UK hospitals do not have in place any type of security for their patience. Here in California nothing is given over the phone regarding a patient.

      I feel the two DJ's need to be fired and put in jail for invasion of the Duchess privacy. The hospital need's to deal with this nurse either by firing her or putting her on probation.

      I hope William, the Queen & Charles takes whatever action is needed to protect the Duchess and their unborn child.

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    3. @ Pauline - really? You're advocating, yet again, that someone who invaded Kate's privacy be jailed? Seriously, as egregious as some of these photographers/nurses/DJs are, you can't send people off to jail just because you think the Duchess has been wronged! My goodness, would you be happier if it was medieval England and people could be sent to the Tower of London for upsetting members of the royal family??

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    4. @Anonymous- There are laws that protect people's privacy and these two DJ's broke that law. First, they said they were the Queen and Charles. Can't any royal have their privacy? The Duchess in entitled to her privacy and it was invaded. So they need to pay the price for that.

      I guess I feel this way because I work in law. And this is my opinion.

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    5. @ Pauline - I'm a lawyer too, and from my perspective, your "send them to jail!" refrain whenever the Duchess's privacy is invaded is a serious overreaction. It sounds like you basically want law enforcement officials to devote their limited time and resources to tracking down photographers, DJs, etc, some of whom live outside of the UK, charging them, convicting them, and then jailing them. That to me is a huge overreaction, particularly in this case, where there was a breach of privacy but ultimately not THAT much confidential information made public as a result of the prank call. Leave it to the hospital and the radio station to discipline their employees; there's no need to call for jail time every time the royals are inconvenienced.

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  14. Sarah from Calif.6 December 2012 01:16

    I will not be pretentious. Having a very mischevious nature I thought it a bit funny that they got through. On more careful consideration (which the radio station) did not make. I realized that was the kind of stuff I did when I was about 12. Granted this was all happening in my mind at 6:00 in the morning. Then I thought " don't those people have better things at work to do? " My day at work was maxed out. A dear old lady that I knew from England once said "when in doubt don't do" that has helped a lot. I must admit I still have more of Harry's nature. Yet I do respect peoples privacy. If obviously people don't want you in their space back out. When Prince Charles and Diana started having their problems I quit looking in. I do wish the media would back out. I think we would have all been fine with Kate is pregnant!!!! We would all be fine if we don't see William and Kate leaving the hospital. Let's not feed the media frenzy. The planned photos are fine with me. Okay wiped out from work. Good night. My prayers are with William Kate and baby.

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  15. It is utterly disgusting that the hospital has such bad security that you can get through to kate's private nurse just by a phone call where you say you are the Queen.
    The royals need to beef up security and so does the hospital.
    The radio djs should not have done this but showed a major security hole.

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  16. really hope that the prank callers will be reaveal because to have a taste of shy .. yeah i know lots people blame the duchess weight my mother and i are talking about the duchess in hospital up to first day and up to now im really love that support system in that very flattering how the nation pray for them i think wills and kate are laughing over the prank called im really praying that duchess and his or her baby will be okay

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  17. Harry's message was the best, Get well soon sis :-))

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  18. I think the nurse was probably nervous at treating someone famous that when she heard it was the queen her nerves did not allow her to catch the bad accent.

    In California there were several leaks concerning movie stars and it has been highly publicized the number of hospital employees, including a physician, who have been fired for breaching secuity. Working in a California hospital you sign memos stating you will be fired if you disclose protected health information.
    I think this will cause a real tightening up in this hospital, since I am sure England has strict privacy laws which somehow got ignored. Hopefully in the the hospital she chooses to deliver in. It sounded like she may have it in a different hospital which is good given what happened here.

    I hope she gets well soon, 9 months can be a long time

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  19. I hope they don't fire the nurse but I know she will be

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    1. The nurse who put through the call to the nurse giving the information has killed herself today apparently. I've never thought any kind of prank was funny, especially to those who may be disadvantaged by circumstances and cannot reciprocate. Best wishes to Kate, and the worst to the 'DJs' and the press scum who must have put this poor woman under so much pressure. Not so funny now is it, I hope they reflect over this Christmas just what they have done.

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  20. I am still in disbelief that these men pulled it off and that the nurse seemed so clueless. Charlotte, I agree with what you said.... Did she actually think she was speaking to Her Majesty? The corgis barking in the background....seriously? The only positive is that we heard that Catherine's night was uneventful. That's definitely good!

    Also in disbelief that some are blaming this on her weight. She's a tall, thin person. That's how God made her. It has absolutely nothing to to with HG. So very sad and ignorant on their part. I hope and pray people stop this nonsense. I said before, I suffered horrible morning sickness with all 4 of my children, so I can't imagine having HG and what Catherine must feel like.

    Continuing to pray for William, Catherine, and their sweet baby. I pray she can rest and hopefully enjoy this time despite her illness. I pray for a happy and healthy little one!

    Charlotte, do you think Prince William will make a public statement? Do you think anyone from the Royal family will come to visit? Some papers have said she is 8 weeks along...thoughts?

    Kate from Texas

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    1. Hi Kate,

      We had thought it possible William would say a few words on the first day it was announced but I think right now the priority is Kate feeling well. Perhaps a few words when she's released? It's still so early in the pregnancy, all we know for sure is under 12 weeks quite possibly just 8.

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  21. It's going to be a long 9 months.

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  22. Theresa, from Paris6 December 2012 08:03

    I don't know if my last comment got lost yesterday in the blogger hitch ;)
    Just to say I don't think the nurses should be fired, but I think their supervisors could have warned them to be prepared for this sort of thing. I'm sure they are feeling quite terrible as it is. And as Charlotte says, it could have been worse : not pranksters, but people with more sinister motives.

    Of course the Duchess's weight has nothing to do with this awful illness ! How can people be so silly ? Thankfully people will now be more aware of this HG and it will help other mothers too.

    And I agree completely with Anonymous 1.24 who says people are envious of her. Of course they are !!!!

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  23. Jenna from Germany6 December 2012 09:18

    As much as I like seeing pictures of the Duchess out and about and reading this wonderful blog about her style + engagements, I really hope the media will give them a rest and leave them alone! And Charlotte, I really love how you are dealing with this topic, you are keeping us informed but you do not post anything too intrusive, like always, just wonderful! Thank you so much!

    I hate that they couldn't announce this news when they wanted and that now all the papers speculate about just everything from posssible names to pictures. Also I think that Kate should just do engagements if she feels like it don't do anything she doesn't feel comfortable with.

    I wish her and William only the best and hope they will have time to enjoy this very special time in their lifes!

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  24. Laura from Italy6 December 2012 13:26

    Our Duchess left the hospital! She looked fine!
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2243915/Kate-Middleton-pregnant-Duchess-leaves-hospital-Prince-William-side.html

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  26. Sarah from Calif.6 December 2012 14:01

    Charlotte that is so odd how all of the last posts reply were wiped out. Do you think it has anything to do with the amount of people replying tweeting ect....?

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    1. It's the second time it's happened, it's a bug in blogger unfortunately but so inconvenient for those who take the time to comment.

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  27. duchess kate leaves the hospital prince charles is thrilled to be grandfather

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  28. Charlotte!! Where are you?! Kate left the hospital!! http://worldofwindsor.tumblr.com/post/37329216707

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    1. Hi Fiona!

      Sitting exams all day I'm afraid :)

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    2. Laura from Italy6 December 2012 16:39

      oh sorry.. good luck for your exams!

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    3. Dear Charlotte!

      I didn't want to be rude or something like that! :-/ I hope everything went good with your exams!! Kind regards!

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  29. Charlotte, did you see the story about the woman that spoke on the prank call? So tragic!

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  30. The nurse killed herself. All very sad for what? Or why? We don't know what was said to her, Now they forever will remember their first pregnancy has been curse with blood.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.8 December 2012 01:58

      No their first pregnancy is not cursed with blood. Having had 3 miscarriages and 3 wonderful boys. Somethings in life can't be explained or reasoned out with a trite comment.

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  31. Apparently the nurse involved in the call committed suicide. =(

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