Talented athlete, 21, fell ill at the gym and was diagnosed with testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs – three days later he was dead
- After falling unwell at the gym, doctors found bleeds on Daniel Donnan’s brain
- The 21-year-old was diagnosed with cancer and died just three days later
A talented 21-year-old bowls player was told he had testicular cancer after he fell ill on a treadmill at the gym and died in hospital just three days later.
Daniel Donnan was hospitalised after he began to feel unwell last Thursday during a workout and was informed of his condition a day later – which had spread to his brain and lungs.
The sportsman from Co Down, Northern Ireland passed away on Monday surrounded by his family who are now seeking to increase awareness of cancer in young men, reports Belfast Live.
Speaking after his brother’s death, Curtis Donnan described how Daniel had suddenly become unwell.
He 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 Donnan fell ill in the gym and was diagnosed with cancer the next day
Tragically, the talented bowls player died in hospital just three days later
“He felt his body change and was rushed to the Ulster Hospital where they did a scan on his brain which showed there were bleeds.
“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.
“We would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the Ulster Hospital and also in the City Hospital cancer ward.’
Paying tribute to his brother, Curtis continued: ‘He was a big foodie who loved cafés and restaurants across Belfast but in particular The Yogurt Tree in Bangor which was one of his favourite spots.
“He loved experiencing different foods and he was loved by his family and his friends.”
Daniel had excelled as a bowls player and had won numerous titles with his local bowling club including being the Under 25 runner-up in the Northern Ireland Bowling Association in 2018.
In tribute to Daniel, his local club Bangor Bowling Club said: “Daniel loved his bowls and the Bangor Bowling Club.
“Anyone who knows Bangor will know how close we are to each other and this is absolutely heartbreaking for us to take in.
“A talented young man and a lovely gentleman on and off the green. We will miss him, but we will not forget him.”