Mick set for his toughest fight yet

HAPPY DAYS: Chloe Lewis and Mick Donnellan, before they discovered Mick’s brain aneurysm.
HAPPY DAYS: Chloe Lewis and Mick Donnellan, before they discovered Mick’s brain aneurysm. Contributed

IT WAS just another training session for Mick Donnellan until things took a turn for the worse on December 13.

After a punch to the face during training, which triggered a stroke, the 25-year-old jiu jitsu fighter was flown down to Brisbane and kept in the intensive care unit where he underwent surgery.

It was during preparations for surgery when doctors discovered the Rockhampton man had a brain aneurysm, which had been causing him problems for the past year.

Mick now wants something good to come out of what has been one of the worst experiences of his life by raising awareness for brain aneurysms and strokes in young people.

Mick's partner Chloe Lewis has been by his side at the hospital and said Mick had been having problems with headaches for the past year.

"Before all of this he was his usual active self, had a very busy schedule and was his regular fit self, he just had these headaches but that didn't slow him down a bit," Chloe said. "He's had a problem with persisting headaches all year and just thought it was nothing and it was only when he suffered the punch to his face that it really triggered something and he went downhill."

Chloe said she always knew something else was going on but Mick refused to see a doctor.

"It wasn't until Mick had the stroke that they finally decided to do a CT scan and that's how they found the aneurysm," Chloe said.

"The doctors said they never would have thought it could be a brain aneurysm because he is so young and healthy."

Chloe said the doctors never confirmed the brain aneurysm was caused directly from the hit at jiu jitsu and it was most likely a pre-existing issue that was triggered by the accident.

"A lot of people keep referring to all this as an accident but the doctors never said this was caused directly from getting hit," she said.

The Rockhampton woman said Mick was improving and had been moved out of the ICU and into the neurosurgical ward.

"He is starting rehabilitation soon and has regained a little movement in his left hand, has all tubes removed and is now on a normal diet," Chloe said.

Mick said apart from being a type one diabetic, he was extremely healthy and athletic.

"I want to raise awareness because I had a problem with persisting headaches all year and just thought it was nothing," Mick said.

"I want people to be aware if they're suffering something similar to make sure they get it checked.

"Go get checked, you'll only be losing about 20 minutes of your day and it could save your life. You'll only gain knowledge, you have nothing to lose."

Chloe encouraged people not to ignore their symptoms because not getting treatment could be even scarier then whatever might be going on.

Chloe said herself and Mick's family had received overwhelming amounts of support.

"We've been lucky to have someone as positive as Mick in our lives as his positivity has rubbed off a bit. It has been awful but we're just so lucky they caught it in time," she said.

When Mick was asked how he was dealing with his situation, he cheekily answered, "With a smile on my face and a positive attitude."

Topics:  intensive care jiu jitsu rockhampton stroke

Popular Longreach miner dies in trench accident

Longreach miner Sid Cuddy.

EXPERIENCED Longreach miner Sid Cuddy was found dead.

Island life for Rocky girl Amy

LIFE EXPERIENCES: Amy Horan calls Hayman Island home and is a yoga instructor after becoming qualified in Costa Rica.

HOW a personal journey led to a flight to Costa Rica.

What really grinds our gears?

Council complaints and enquiries from September

ROAMING dogs, overgrown allotments and incorrect parking annoy Rocky

Local Partners

$2000 raised for SES at morning tea

UP to 150 people attended a morning tea at the Heritage Village in aid of the Rockhampton SES hosted by the Rockhampton and District Benefits Association.

Your chance to win

Learn More

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to entertainment and events this weekend

AWARD WINNING SHOW: Tequila Mockingbird can be seen at St Brednan's College, Yeppoon on Saturday.

LOOKING for something to do this weekend?

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.