Lifestyle

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



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

REVEALED: The CQ pubs set to receive a face lift this year

The old Saleyards Hotel is set to become a rum distillery.   Pictured are the new owners Warren and Catie Brewer with the children L-R Henry (3), and Otis (1).

If renovations are not already happening there are plans for TLC

He fell in love with an escort then held her dog ransom

A couple broke into the home of an escort, assaulted her and stole her dog because the man had fallen in love with her.

He beat her, demanded money and stole her dog.

An industry changing before Bruce's eyes

Bruce McKenzie with his grand son Riley McKenzie at Gracemere sale yards.

Bruce has seen the beef industry change significantly.

Local Partners

An industry changing before Bruce's eyes

Having spent close to nine decades in Central Queensland one local man has seen the beef industry change significantly.


Feeling Lucky?

Win $1000 worth of Scratchies
Learn More

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Why the Rocket Man won't be landing in Rockhampton

epa05642885 British singer-songwriter and composer, Sir Elton John performs in the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 November 2016.  EPA/PAUL BERGEN

Bulletin asks the hard questions after today's big news

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!