Bouncer in coma after bar incident

Last updated 11:31 02/12/2013

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A Palmerston North bouncer who suffered a heart attack while removing a patron from a city bar is in a coma in hospital.

St John staff were called to The Empire Hotel in Palmerston North around midnight on Friday night after a man collapsed at the bar.

Jeremy Smith, managing director of The Empire's owners the Trinity Group, said he was still trying to piece together what had happened.

"I'm still trying to gather information regarding the incident," he said yesterday.

"There was an incident where a door man had some heart problems and collapsed."

Mr Smith said the man had spent the weekend in Palmerston North Hospital in a coma.

"He was trying to remove someone from the site, he went down on one knee."

Mr Smith said the man then collapsed with what was believed to be a heart problem.

The man received CPR at the scene.

A witness out in Palmerston North on Friday night said he saw a man receiving CPR outside The Empire around midnight.

He had heard that the man had "died" and was resuscitated on the street.

Mr Smith said his business partner was on his way to Palmerston North yesterday to investigate the matter and to check on the condition of the employee.

It had been a difficult time for staff in Palmerston North, Mr Smith said.

"It's terrible when a staff member ends up getting injured, and our thoughts are with him."

A hospital spokesman said the bouncer remained in the intensive care unit this morning.

Palmerston North police said they were aware something happened on Friday night but were unable to provide any details.

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