There was palpable tension as a 52-year-old man lost his life after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest in a popular gym in Wales, despite efforts to save his life.
According to those training at Pure Gym in the Kingsway Centre in Newport city centre, 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, WalesOnline reports.
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 gym-user, 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.
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.”