Gym-goers ‘rushed to save’ man who died after reported cardiac arrest

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A 52-year-old man has died after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest in a popular city centre gym, despite gym-goers teaming up in an effort to save him.

According to those training at Pure Gym in the Kingsway Centre in Newport city centre yesterday evening, the man died shortly after complaining of feeling unwell following training on a machine at the gym at around 11.30pm on Wednesday, July 21.

The man reportedly complained of feeling unwell to other gym users, before one other man stopped training to help him “cool off” by fanning him with a towel.

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Pure Gym in Newport’s Kingsway Centre, where a man died late on Wednesday evening following a reported cardiac arrest

The man then went to the bathroom, and another trainer told of how he “had a gut instinct” that he needed to follow him.

“I just had a gut feeling something was wrong when I saw him head to the toilet,” the trainer, who wanted to remain anonymous, said. “As I came out of the toilet he was on the floor and kept repeating that he had chest pains and that he couldn’t breathe.

“We got him into the right position and called the emergency services. But he then lost consciousness and we knew how serious it was. Someone ran to get the defibrillator.”

The man said in the event of an emergency trainers are directed to push an emergency button, which directs them to an operator.

He said when he pushed the emergency button the person who was on the call directed the people in the gym to “man the doors” and not let anyone into the gym other than emergency services.



The view of the gym from outside on Thursday, July 22

One of the people training at the time said: “It was one of the most difficult experiences of my life. But I’m really proud of what we did as a group. We tried everything.

“The gym was almost back to normal on Thursday morning, almost as if nothing had happened.”

A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 11.41pm last night, Wednesday July 21, to the Pure Gym in Newport city centre to reports of a medical emergency. We sent two rapid response vehicles, one emergency ambulance and our emergency medical retrieval and transfer team. No further details are available.”

A spokesman for Gwent Police said: “We received a call from the Ambulance Service at 1.10am this morning (July 22), reporting the sudden death of a 52-year-old man at a gym in Newport city centre. There are no suspicious circumstances.”

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