Born and bred Sunny Coast local Ashley Devine (right) has been described as one of the
Born and bred Sunny Coast local Ashley Devine (right) has been described as one of the "most honest and kind-hearted Aussies you will ever meet". Go Fund Me

Well-known Coast man faces surgery for brain aneurysm

HE CAN talk your ear off and tell some wild stories.

Stories full of adventure, charisma and sometimes a bit cheeky - born and bred Sunny Coast local Ashley Devine was never one to tone things back.

But today, the Coast needs to stop and listen to the the father of triplets and much-loved husband's heartbreaking reality.

Mr Devine will undergo a life-changing operation today, following the discovery of an aneurysm in his brain a few months back.

After seeing several specialists, it was determined Mr Devine was in a life-threatening situation; the aneurysm needed to be abated.

But the biggest risk of the operation is if the aneurysm pops - called a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage - there is a 50 per cent risk of death.

Mr Devine has been known to go out for his way for residents, businesses and the community, donating his time and efforts wherever necessary; described as one of the "most honest and kind-hearted Aussies you will ever meet".


And it's time for the Coast to give something back.

Close family friend of the Devine's, Trevor Salisbury, created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs - raising more than $10,000 of a $100,000 goal.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve and is not afraid to give anything a crack," Mr Salisbury said.

"Within the first minute of meeting Ash these amazing attributes rang true, he loves a chat, can tell a story, and will offer anyone a helping hand and do anything for anyone any time.

"Ash is a man of many talents, surfing, spear fishing, motorbike riding, adventure, storytelling, sculpture but most of all is his art.

"Painting is Ash's talent that supersedes all, from a young age he could draw, sketch anything, mainly skulls abstract sketches, his talent led him into the surfboard art industry, customising boards for the individual, flames, flowers, skulls, surf breaks and faces this gave him the opportunity to perfect his skills to mature to the amazing self-taught artist he is today.


"So, it is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes I write this story about my mate.

"A couple of months ago Ash had finally got himself to the doctor to check his ears as he was losing hearing in one ear with ringing, also signs were appearing in the other.

"On a closer inspection, scans on his ear the doctor spotted an aneurysm in his brain. This was much more critical than the hearing so ash was deferred to a brain specialist ASAP."

Mr Salisbury said his good mate would go for his operation today, and with a successful result, would maintain a "somewhat, normal lifestyle".

"Although somewhat normal isn't really his style - his whole world will be flipped - he will have to nurture and reframe from many of the activities that he has enjoyed in the past.

"In some ways, this could be a blessing in disguise for such an incredibly talented person."

The setback has given Ash no other choice but to get his brushes out and once again pursue his career in painting art.

"I believe if he pulls through this major procedure unscathed his future in this industry can flourish with a little help from his friends, family and fans.

"Being the selfless human that he is Ash is not too keen on the idea of putting his hand out, I know that this money will go to good use as Ash is motivated to study the theory of art and progress his skill to a higher level.

"This money will help him get back on his feet and provide for his children's life and education as they move through high school and university.

"So, I ask if anyone has been touched, inspired or would just like to help a good honest bloke please throw your money in the hat."

Mr Salisbury said Ash, who he saw on Monday night, was "overwhelmed" by the support.

"He can't go on Facebook or anything now - it's just become a bit too real for him," he said.

"But he's such a generous person and wanted to thank everyone for everything they have done."

Mr Devine was on his way to Brisbane for the surgery this morning.

You can help fund his journey here.

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