Paul Holmes recovering at home

Last updated 09:39 21/06/2012
Paul Holmes
MICHAEL BRADLEY
BACK HOME: Paul Holmes has been discharged from hospital

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Paul Holmes has been discharged from hospital and is understood to have returned home to the Hawke's Bay.

The veteran broadcaster had open heart surgery at Auckland Hospital earlier this month, and was in an induced coma in the days that followed.

Doctors had said there were no complications with the four-hour surgery to remove a blockage in his heart.

He was discharged from hospital yesterday.  

The 62-year-old was diagnosed with a heart disorder - hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - which is usually inherited and results in the heart muscle becoming thick. The thickening makes it harder for blood to leave the heart, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood.

It was the second surgery the reformed smoker has had this year.

In January, Holmes had surgery related to the prostate cancer he was diagnosed with in 1999, telling a women's magazine at the time that it was to ''correct some old stuff'' following his earlier treatment and radiotherapy".

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