The Mackey Fundraiser

We are writing to family, friends and anyone else who is touched by this story. 

James Mackey 29. Was a fit, healthy, vibrant young man. Born in Tassie and living in Hobart. 

Lover of all sports and most recently playing for Richmond Football Club, F45 gym member, mixed netball for a laugh, and golf as a hobby. He was a keen traveller, loves his music and a good time with his mates.


Plumber by trade, 11 years working with his Dad Peter and had just taken a break from the tools and began working for Reece Plumbing. 

He is a loving Son, Brother, Brother-in-law, Uncle, boyfriend to Lauren, and devoted friend to many. 

March 27th 2017. After a night at the movies, James said he had a severe headache and couldn’t move his right arm. 

It was the paramedics and Lauren's quick response to call the ambulance that saved James' life that night. 

James suffered a severe haemorrhagic stroke (a bleed in the brain). 

The night it happened his family and Lauren were told by doctors to pray for his life after he had emergency surgery to relieve the pressure from his brain. 

James was placed in an induced coma for 3 weeks in ICU at the Royal Hobart Hospital. During this time, there was a real concern James would not survive. The only way the family and Lauren could describe this happening to someone you love is a living nightmare. 

Doctors still remain unsure of the cause of his stroke, ruling out aneurysm and arteriovenous malformation (a tangled mass of blood vessels), telling his family that this can unfortunately happen to anyone. 

James is a fighter and managed to pull through this critical time in ICU, followed by a slow progression on the Neurosurgical unit, to breathing on his own, speaking and eating again and now remains in Repatriation Hospital for rehabilitation. 


The stroke has left James with a right side deficit. His vision is affected and has short-term memory loss, making day to day life a real challenge. James does and will require 24/7 care. His parents, Peter and Jenny are keen to get James home as soon as he is able and care for him now and into the future. There are constant daily challenges to be faced both mentally and physically for James, his family and girlfriend Lauren, during the stroke recovery. It is vital James is able to have the best care possible, through access to proper equipment and services allowing him to continue his journey, as well as enjoy some quality of life. In order for Peter and Jenny to give James a comfortable home environment, modifications will have to be made to ensure ease of mobility and access in and around the house in his wheelchair. 

At just 29 years of age, James has many years of life left. His family and Lauren want to ensure this is to the best quality possible. James has a big backing of support out there for him and the hope is that people will be willing to give and raise some funds to assist Peter, Jenny and James with some of these necessities.

Thank you for all your support
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Lauren Fletcher 
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