Miles’s Amputation Recovery Fund

Miles, a gifted musician, had his life changed forever by a deadly blood infection. Sadly, he lost parts of his hands and feet and requires reconstructive nasal surgery. But after seven weeks in the hospital, we are grateful he is alive!

It happened so fast. In July, 23 year-old guitarist Miles Fishell checked into St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard, CA with a high fever. He was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening bacterial blood infection called meningococcal disease, and deteriorated rapidly. The infection led to blood poisoning and spread quickly throughout his body, leading to overlapping medical traumas known as purpura fulminans. The infection caused Miles's blood to clot, limiting oxygen to the smallest capillaries in his fingers, feet and nose, resulting in devastating, permanent damage. Thankfully, St. John’s ICU team arrested the bacteria's progression and saved Miles's life. He was then transported to UCLA Medical Center, where he remained for seven weeks, including a long stay in ICU. Miles was prescribed daily hyperbaric oxygen treatments to help heal his wounded limbs. 

This trauma has been monumentally life-changing for Miles. Medical insurance covered most of his hospitalization costs, but his long-term working prospects remain uncertain. Miles must now rely on multiple medical specialists over his lifetime. Future medical bills are a huge concern, as are his daily living expenses. Your donation helps him prepare for his uncertain future.  

Miles and his family HUMBLY ask for your help. Your generous donation, no matter how big or small, will provide much-needed assistance. Thank you very much!

We urge you to learn more about Meningococcal vaccines here:


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  • Don and Lynn Cowan 
    • $50 
    • 15 mins
  • Anonymous 
    • $30 
    • 1 d
  • Lissa Cisneros 
    • $20 
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  • Armando Cisneros  
    • $100 
    • 1 d
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    • $25 
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Fundraising team (6)

Michael Fishell 
Raised $15,709 from 153 donations
Ventura, CA
Miles Fishell 
Steve Fishell 
Team member
Raised $3,935 from 49 donations
Julianne Fisher 
Team member
Raised $3,418 from 42 donations
Michele Sumner 
Team member
Raised $2,680 from 10 donations
Valerie Steele 
Team member
Raised $917 from 10 donations
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