Paul Holmes back in hospital

DANYA LEVY
Last updated 12:57 02/11/2012
Paul Holmes
RECOVERING: Veteran broadcaster Paul Holmes is back in hospital after contracting an infection.

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Veteran broadcaster Paul Holmes is back in hospital after contracting an infection following open-heart surgery earlier this year.

A source close to the 62-year-old said he was in Hawkes Bay Hospital but expected to be released in the next day or two.

Holmes had open-heart surgery in Auckland in May after being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - a genetic heart condition which thickens the muscles and restricts blood flow.

He was placed in an induced coma after the surgery. Following his initial release after the operation, Holmes returned to hospital after suffering from breathlessness.

The source said Holmes was very fragile after such major surgery but infections were not uncommon.

"He sounded fit and well this morning." the source said.

TVNZ spokeswoman Megan Richards said she couldn't comment on Holmes' health but he would not be presenting its Q&A programme this week.

He would be replaced by Greg Boyed but she could not say how long for.

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