Talented athlete, 21, fell ill in the gym and was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs – and three days later he died
- After he fell in the gymnasium, doctors found bleeding in Daniel Donnan’s brain
- The 21-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer and died three days later
A talented 21-year-old was told he had testicular cancer after he fell ill on a gym treadmill and died in hospital just three days later.
Daniel Doonan was taken to hospital after he began feeling unwell last Thursday during a workout and was informed of his condition the next day – which had spread to his brain and lungs.
Daniel’s friends report that he texted them saying he was feeling fine Friday night in hospital – shortly before the athlete from Co Down, Northern Ireland passed away on Monday surrounded by his family.
They are now seeking to raise awareness of cancer in young people, Belfast Live reports.
Speaking after his brother’s death, Curtis Donnan described how Daniel suddenly became ill.
He said: ‘Daniel was in the gym and was starting to lose strength in the right side of his body after he got off the treadmill.
Daniel Donnan fell ill at the gym and was diagnosed with cancer the next day
Tragically, the talented bowls player died in the hospital just three days later
He felt his body change and was taken to Ulster Hospital where they took a scan of his brain which showed hemorrhaging.
Daniel had an MRI on Friday and then had a CT scan and ultrasound. He was diagnosed on Friday evening and we lost him on Monday.
“We would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Ulster Hospital and also on the cancer ward of the City Hospital.”
Paying homage to his brother, Curtis continued: ‘He was a big foodie and loved cafes and restaurants all over Belfast but in particular The Yogurt Tree in Bangor which was one of his favourites.
He loved to try different foods and was loved by his family and friends.
Daniel excelled as a bowler and won numerous honors with his local bowling club including being runners-up in the Northern Ireland Bowling Association under-25s in 2018.
Speaking to the newsletter, Bangor Bowling Club secretary Thomas Canavan explained how the disease appeared so suddenly.
He said: ‘Daniel was working out in the gym a few days ago and then he felt faint after working out and sat up.
‘Suddenly he couldn’t feel himself falling on one side of his body, so they took him to Ulster Hospital.
Two days ago we were told that he had a cerebral hemorrhage. He was telling us on WhatsApp that he was feeling so good that night and that he was looking forward to the season and he was joking around with us as usual.
But the next day he received the fatal news that he had testicular cancer and it had spread to his brain and lungs.
They were going to move him the next day and then they realized how bad it was. They were going to try emergency chemotherapy, but it was too late.
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