A young athlete died just three days after falling ill at the gym.
Daniel Donnan had been working out last Thursday at his local gym. The 21-year-old was rushed to hospital when he started to feel unwell.
Sadly, Daniel died on Monday surrounded by his heartbroken family. His brother Curtis said scans revealed his sibling was suffering with brain bleeds.
It was then also later revealed he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, which spread to his brain and lungs. Curtis said: “Daniel was at the gym and started to lose power in the right side of his body after he got off the treadmill.
“Daniel had an MRI on Friday and then underwent a CT Scan and ultrasound.
“He was diagnosed on Friday evening and then we lost him on Monday,” he told BelfastLive.
The family thanked medics who took care of Daniel at Ulster Hospital and the City Hospital cancer ward. They also called for young men to be made aware of the symptoms of testicular cancer and how to check themselves for it.
The 21-year-old from Bangor had won numerous titles with his local bowling club, being named under-25 runner-up by the Northern Ireland Bowling Association in 2018.
Bangor Bowling Club secretary Thomas Cannavan told the Mail that Daniel messaged the club WhatsApp group after his brain bleed diagnosis, saying he felt a lot better and was looking forward to the next season.
Medics had planned to move Daniel to a different hospital and try emergency chemotherapy, but it was too late, he added. Bangor Bowling Club told the Mirror members were devastated by Daniel’s passing, pledging not to forget him.
According to the NHS, testicular cancer is one of the least common cancers, accounting for one per cent of all cancers that occur in men.
It’s “unusual compared with other cancers because it tends to affect younger men”, mostly those aged between 15 and 49.
Around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK.
Symptoms of testicular cancer
Typical symptoms include:
- painless swelling or a lump in one of your testicles
- a change in shape or texture
- an increase in the firmness of a testicle
- a difference in appearance between testicles
- a dull ache or sharp pain in your testicles or scrotum, which may come and go
- a feeling of heaviness in your scrotum
The swelling or lump can be about the size of a pea, but may be larger, NHS guidance said.
Most lumps or swellings in the scrotum are not in the testicle and are not a sign of cancer, but they should not be ignored.
You should see a GP if you notice a lump, swelling or change in your testicles, NHS guidance said.