Paul Holmes is a radio and television broadcaster in New Zealand. After an open heart surgery at the Auckland Hospital earlier this week, he went in to a coma. One of his employer said that the 62-year-old was likely to remain in a coma for this weekend to give his body time to heal.
Although his situation is serious, his condition is stable. According to the doctors that operated on Holmes, This type of situation is expected after such an operation. The surgery took over four hours to remove a blockage in his heart during which there were no complications. He was earlier diagnosed with a heart disorder, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is usually inherited and results in the heart muscle becoming thick which makes it harder for blood to leave the heart, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood.
In 1999, he was also diagnosed with prostate cancer, after which he went through rehabilitation for smoking. He is positive about his outlook, and is determined to return to work after normalcy. His family has been obliged by the fact that so many people are pouring in their support and wishes for the veteran broadcaster.