Wife is forced to choose between divorcing her husband of 22 years or selling their house to pay for his medical costs after he suffers a debilitating stroke

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A happily married woman has been told to consider divorcing her husband of more than 20 years after he suffered a debilitating stroke.

Wayne Mitchell, a PDHPE teacher who loved sport, has been left unable to talk, walk and eat after he suffered a stroke in August.

The 55-year-old requires 24/7 care and must stay at a nursing home – tallying a massive cost for the family.

Wayne Mitchell, a PDHPE teacher who loved sport, has been left unable to talk, walk and eat after he suffered a stroke in August

Colleen Mitchell told A Current Affair the government is urging her to divorce Mr Mitchell so he can be put on the pension.

‘I’ve been told it would be cheaper to divorce, he’d go on a pension,’ Ms Mitchell said.

If the couple were to divorce, Mr Mitchell would be entitled to receive complete care from the federal government as a single disabled person.

While Ms Mitchell loves her husband and doesn’t want to divorce him, she has been forced to toy with the idea.

Centrelink is not prepared to pay for Wayne’s nursing care as the couple part-own their home, which is considered an asset.

Ms Mitchell claims she is being urged to sell the home – where she lives with her daughter – to cover the expensive nursing home care.

Colleen Mitchell told A Current Affair the government is urging her to divorce Mr Mitchell so he can be put on the pension

While Ms Mitchell loves her husband and doesn’t want to divorce him, she has been forced to toy with the idea

‘There’s no way he’d be saying, sell up, because I would have nowhere to live,’ she said.

When asked whether Ms Mitchell wanted to divorce her husband, she declared it is the last thing she wants to do.

‘We’ve been together for 22 years, so that would be the last thing I would want to do but if it comes down to it,’ Ms Mitchell said.

In October, the family created a Go Fund Mepage to raise money in an attempt to create their own facility for young stroke survivors who require care that is typically only provided in residential care.

‘On the 27th of August 2018, my 55 year old father (Wayne) suffered a major Basal Ganglia Hemorrhagic Stroke,’ Mr Mitchell’s daughter wrote on the Go Fund Me page.

The 55-year-old requires 24/7 care and must stay at a nursing home – tallying a massive cost for the family (pictured before stroke)

In October, the family created a Go Fund Me page to raise money in an attempt to create their own facility for young stroke survivors who require care that is typically only provided in residential care (pictured Ms Mitchell, left, and Mr Mitchell, centre)

‘The original prognosis was that he would not survive the original bleed given its severity. He has pulled through, although it is still a long road of rehab and recovery.’

The page has received over $25,000 worth of donations.

‘We want to create a residential care facility specialising in direct support for young stroke and ABI and TBI survivors or any young person who has been put into the situation of requiring 24 hour support,’ the page said.

‘Being cared for around other young people, can provide more mental stimulation and promote rehab, healing and interactions.’

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