DJ Carey shock after brain surgery for blood clots
Hurling star 'better than ever' but living solitary life in K Club bolthole
HURLING superstar DJ Carey has undergone surgery to have life-threatening blood clots removed from his brain, the Irish Independent has learned.
The 41-year-old has recovered from the operation but is receiving radium treatment as a precaution after his second health scare in recent months.
It is understood the blood clots were discovered as Mr Carey was undergoing tests after he collapsed suffering chest pains earlier this year.
Mr Carey has been living alone at his home in the K Club in Straffan, Co Kildare, since his high-profile split from his fiancee Sarah Newman earlier this year.
He has told friends that he no longer has any contact with her, or with his parents, as the fall-out continues from the failure of his business.
But the former Kilkenny hurler has spoken openly to friends about his latest health scare in recent days.
He revealed he underwent the procedure in hospital to have the clots taken out.
However, he said he was now feeling "better than ever".
It is the second time in recent months for Mr Carey to have been hospitalised. He collapsed in April after suffering chest pains and palpitations.
Mr Carey was admitted to the cardiology unit of St Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny where he underwent several tests as doctors monitored his condition for three days.
Sources close to him said he was "utterly stressed" at the time as he faced a mountain of debt, the collapse of his business and the break-up of the nine-year relationship with Ms Newman.
Mr Carey was released from hospital within days.
However, medics have been keeping a close eye on the sportsman's health ever since.
It is understood the blood clots were noticed while he was undergoing other tests investigating his health problems.
Blood clots that block blood flow are the main culprits in most heart attacks and strokes – and they can damage other organs.
Clot removal is a procedure in which doctors use miniature tools to break up or remove a blood clot that is blocking a blood vessel in the brain.
The hurling legend looked to be in high spirits last week, however, as he told pals he had recovered from the operation.
“He is in super form, he looks really well and it's great to see the old DJ back,” said a source close to Mr Carey who met the star last week.
Mr Carey’s former wife, Christine Preston, and his two children, Sean and Mike, were at his bedside in hospital in April.0
It's understood that they have been a source of support to him as he recovered from his latest scare.
Mr Carey, who is from Gowran in Kilkenny, where his parents still live, has told friends he has “no contact” with his parents or his former fiance.
The businessman has suffered major blows on financial and personal fronts – and his family is bitterly divided since Ms Newman called in auditors over irregularities at the couple's business.
The firm wrote off €200,000 after a series of discrepancies were found by auditors.
The mystery transactions are the subject of a garda investigation.
However, no prosecutions have been taken to date.
Ms Newman became a director of DJ Carey Enterprises in 2009 and ran the business along with Mr Carey after his sister Catriona stepped down as a director.
Mr Carey and Ms Newman were together for nine years and had a portfolio of properties including a Georgian house in Monkstown and houses at the K Club and Mount Juliet.
Ms Newman spoke publicly about her split from Mr Carey during a radio interview last month when she said she had “no idea” how his health was. “I've had a pretty rough time over the past year professionally and personally,” she said at the time.
The entrepreneur also indicated it was Mr Carey who called time on their relationship, stating: “DJ decided to separate from me and he moved on with his life.”
Meanwhile, Ms Newman and Mr Carey had judgments for more than €9m against them last year in favour of AIB Mortgage Bank.