Girlfriend, 22, had SPLEEN removed after boyfriend attack

Girlfriend, 22, whose partner beat her so badly she had life-saving surgery to remove her SPLEEN calls for domestic violence victims to speak out as he is jailed for nearly 11 years

  • Millie Stipetic, 22, was battered and left for dead by ex-boyfriend Dean Young
  • She underwent life-saving surgery and had to have her spleen removed
  • Now she is encouraging other domestic violence victims to come forward
  • Young, 27, was jailed for almost 11 years at Teesside Crown Court earlier this year

A young woman who had to have an organ removed from her body after being viciously attacked by her boyfriend has battled back from the brink of death.

Millie Stipetic was left fighting for her life in intensive care after being badly beaten and left for dead by her boyfriend Dean Young, 27.

The 22-year-old was rushed to hospital by police officers where she underwent life-saving surgery to remove her spleen.

Millie Stipetic was left fighting for her life in intensive care after being badly beaten and left for dead by her boyfriend Dean Young, 27

Millie Stipetic, 22, from Darlington, had her spleen removed after her ex-boyfriend Dean Young attacked her 


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Miss Stipetic, who has been left with a permanent scar on her stomach, was relieved when Young was jailed for almost 11 years.

One year on from the sickening assault, she wants to encourage other victims to report domestic violence to police.

Miss Stipetic, from Darlington, said: ‘I want women to know that it is not okay -it is not right.

‘Women need to speak out and not feel ashamed. I never thought anything like that would ever happen to me.

‘There were so many signs that I should have noticed, but I became so used to it.


She was left hospitalised by the brutal attack (pictured) and is sharing her ordeal in the hope that more victims of domestic abuse come forward

‘He used to tell me I was too nice and needed to grow a back bone.

‘I loved him that much that I wasn’t bothered that I was losing myself to him, I thought the bad was worth the good.

‘When I look back, I can’t believe another human did that to me. I feel lucky to still be here.’


Miss Stipetic has been left with a permanent scar on her stomach following the attack

Ms Stipetic was set upon by young in a bypass in Darlington town centre

The couple were walking home after spending the day together when an argument erupted between them on August 10 last year.

They were walking under a bypass in Darlington town centre when Young lashed out.

The former supermarket worker threw Miss Stipetic to the ground before dragging her back up by the head, grabbing her by the neck and strangling her.

He punched her in the face, slammed her against the wall of the underpass and kicked her as she lay in agony on the ground.

When a local resident, who was watching television in bed, heard a blood-curdling scream and called police, Young disappeared and left Millie badly injured and alone.

Police officers found Miss Stipetic collapsed on the ground and took her straight to Darlington Memorial Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.

Miss Stipetic spent two days in intensive care, and a further four on a ward before being released from hospital.

She was told by a doctor that without prompt surgery she would have died.

Miss Stipetic, who still suffers from PTSD, nightmares and flashbacks, now has to take daily medication for the rest of her life 

Miss Stipetic, who still suffers from PTSD, nightmares and flashbacks, now has to take daily medication for the rest of her life.

She said: ‘I could feel the damage he had done. I remember screaming, the sound I was making was awful, I knew something was wrong.

‘He asked me “Why are you screaming like a little girl?” I was looking in his face and I was thinking ‘What have you done to me?’

‘I thought I was going to die. I can still feel the pain now when I think about it. I was in agony.

Young was jailed for nearly 11 years for his brutal attack on Ms Stipetic

‘I will never forget the last words he said to me – “next time I’ll put you in your grave!” ‘Then Dean left me in the street – he left me for dead.’

Young, also of Darlington, was later arrested and charged by police.

He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for 10 years and nine months by Judge Sean Morris at Teesside Crown Court.

Young, who had been drinking and taking cocaine, was also given an indefinite restraining order to prevent him contacting Millie.

Miss Stipetic said: ‘I was happy with the sentence Dean received.

‘Dean was always the one to win in any situation but when he got sentenced to nearly eleven years I was ecstatic.

‘I knew I was right to report him, I knew I was the one in the right. I hope he now realises what he has done.

‘I want Dean to know that I am happy and he hasn’t won – I have won.’ 

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