06/27/2012 02:20 EDT | Updated 08/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Bayonet impales ceremonial guard who collapsed

One of Gov. Gen. David Johnston's ceremonial foot guards is in hospital after passing out and falling onto his ceremonial bayonet today.

Ottawa paramedics say the man, 20, fell on his gun-mounted bayonet during a ceremony on Parliament Hill just after 10:30 a.m. ET.

He was treated for a severe stab wound to his forearm and for severe blood loss.

Medics from the Canadian Forces quickly provided first aid, trying to prevent a large amount of blood loss.

The man is now in hospital in serious but stable condition.