Skip to main content

A medical emergency lands Doomtree's Mike Mictlan in intensive care for 4 days

Donations are pouring in to help the rapper, who doesn't have insurance.

Mike Mictlan thought it was a stomach issue.

Mictlan, one of the founding Doomtree members, explains in an online post he'd felt sick for days, but chalked it up to his gut.

But his health abruptly went downhill.

Mictlan was rushed to the ER, then spent four days in an intensive care as unit as doctors worked to stabilize certain blood levels.

He found out he was suffering from a potentially deadly health complication known as DKA. 

DKA stands for Diabetic Ketoacidosis. It's a build-up of acids in the blood (known as ketones) that can happen if diabetes goes untreated.

And Mictlan's diabetes went untreated for months – because it hadn't ever been diagnosed. 

He's doing better now, and went home with a new disease to manage: Type 1 diabetes.

With no insurance, he's facing steep bills

In a GoFundMe created Thursday, Mictlan laid out his dilemma.

He's waiting on medical assistance that will help with most of the medical costs.

"But right now all of the extra daily expenses, doctor visits, and medicine far exceed what I can currently afford," he said.

So he started the GoFundMe to ask for help covering these initial costs, beginning his post with a confession that this is "hard for me to write."

"I greatly appreciate all the love, help, and support," Mictlan wrote.

And he's gotten a lot of it.

His goal was to raise $10,000. One day in, the GoFundMe is well past $11,000.

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund says the average income of a musician is less than $25,000 a year, and more than 65 percent of professional musicians don't have health insurance.

And that's a huge issue, especially those who have never hit it big, or had some success years ago only to taper off. As the Washington Post explained in this story, streaming music doesn't pay nearly as much as royalties from album sales did. 

That leaves touring and merch sales as a main source of income, but that's unreliable. And if you're sick, touring isn't necessarily easy.

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant ejected, Wolves blow huge lead and lose to slumping Hawks

The Timberwolves missed another opportunity to get over .500.

Xcel Energy Center

NHL announces make-up dates for Wild postponements

The Wild will play 40 games in the final 77 days of the regular season.

the mayo clinic - edit

Group says Mayo should be 'severely punished' over research puppy's death

The puppy died two days after undergoing a procedure at a Mayo research facility.

FLickr - minneapolis police - Tony Webster - Feb 2020 - crop

Charges: Man kidnapped woman, sexually assaulted her at gunpoint

The suspect faces three separate felony charges.

mn state capitol january 17 2021

St. Cloud 'Boogaloo Boi' who discussed attack on MN Capitol gets 2 years

He was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun.

Chris Smith

Gophers add All-Ivy League D-tackle from Harvard

Chris Smith will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.

school bus

High school basketball team returns from game to find bus driver dead

Members of the girls team returned to the bus to find the driver unresponsive.

covid-19 testing site sign

Minnesota AG sues COVID testing site, alleging it sent false results

Sometimes the company didn't send people their results at all, the lawsuit alleges.

optum headquarters chad davis wikimedia commons

UnitedHealth Group says it made $287B last year, $24B of it profit

The corporation's Optum business represented a significant chunk of that total.


Omicron may have already peaked in Minnesota

Reported cases lag what's happening in real time, so the newly reported cases over the next week or so will still be very high.

MnDot snow plow cam I-35 12-10-21

MnDOT reveals 50 snowplow name finalists

Voting is open through Wednesday, Jan. 26.


The heartwarming story behind the Prince Christmas lights show

The family behind that Prince Christmas lights show is hoping it'll help raise money for an organization that helped them when they needed it.

The heartwarming story behind the Prince Christmas lights show

The family behind that Prince Christmas lights show is hoping it'll help raise money for an organization that helped them when they needed it.

Wikimedia Commons - Harry Styles

Harry Styles requiring proof of vaccination, negative test for Xcel show

The global pop star will also have a mask mandate for the Sept. 22 concert.

Dairy Queen's Free Cone Day is coming 🍦

Get a free small cone – and donate to a good cause while your'e at it.

A beloved golden retriever goes missing after a car accident

Zoey went missing after a crash, and hasn't been seen since that night.

A beloved soccer coach dies, and his wife learns she has cancer

Sly Sylvester died Friday after a battle with ALS. Now his wife, Tessie, is ready to fight a cancer diagnosis.

Hüsker Dü co-founder Grant Hart has died

A gifted songwriter, Hart's influence can be seen all over the alt-rock scene.