Miles is a inter galactic force field who has added sparkle to so many people's lives.
He has been struck by a sudden and terrifying respiratory disease - a bad flu turned suddenly into sepsis turned into lung failure that required an emergency medical evacuation from Nairobi to South Africa. He is now in intensive care in Johannesburg, in a coma, and on oxygen support.
Miles’ hospital bills in Kenya and South Africa are mostly paid for by his insurance. But on a technicality his emergency evacuation has not been covered. The cost of the plane, equipment and medivac team alone is a staggering £176,000 and only 80% of the costs of the doctors now treating him are confirmed as covered by insurance.
We want to support his loving family, incredible wife Jo and courageous daughter Zara by helping them fund raise and cover the exorbitant costs of the medivac and his continued treatment.
If you are able to contribute his family and many friends would be overwhelmed. Any monies received that are not needed will be returned.
May the force be with Miles...
Miles was awake for much of today but clearly exhausted. The nurses had explained where he was and he managed to mouth, “what’s wrong with me?” (He won’t be able to speak till they remove the ventilation support). He also smiled spontaneously at a picture of Zara.
The support machines remain the same though the doctors are trying to reduce the speed / levels they are working at. I’ll meet with the doctors again tomorrow.
Thank you all very much for the continuing donations and spreading the word. We are battling hard with the various insurance providers and hospitals and may yet make headway in getting them to accept more of the costs. But there will be some coats that no matter how hard we negotiate just won’t be. So every donation is hugely helpful and so gratefully received. Many thanks.
Love from Jo
So depite all the challenges and in spite of the continuing very serious situation we face, I think there's a little bit of good news.
Today Miles is more awake than he has been for the past week. To remind us how fragile his progress is, we had another heart scare this morning which they thought they would have to intervene to solve, but the doctors managed to fix with drugs.
We were able to communicate with Miles a bit for the first time. He is able to shake his head for no and nod very gently for yes and will squeeze a left of a right hand and move his feet.
The next step will be to reduce the drugs and get his lungs to start to work for themselves.
I am truly in awe of your love for Miles and your concern about me too. I’m being well looked after by loving friends and family and promise that I am eating and sleeping. We are hoping that next week brings more improvements but we are also aware that whatever happens there will be backward steps as well as forward ones.
Just before Miles was sedated in Nanyuki on the morning of the 5th January, Miles asked if Zara was happy. That time I was able to show him a picture of “Netflix and Marmite” (at Kisima) which reassured him. Today Miles asked me (via nods and hand squeezes) to tell Zara he loved her. I’m looking forward to him being able to tell her that soon.
Knowing that all of you are there behind us and fully supporting us with your love and care is simply making all of this possible.
Please keep all of us in your thoughts and hearts.
And once more, thank you.
Miles remains seriously ill, but he is passing small milestones that mean so much.
This morning he was still sedated but opening his eyes when we yelled Miles and he squeezed my hand on command. Go Miles!
The doctors are now looking to reduce the sedation without creating too much stress on his body and brain.
Thanks to all of you for your amazing love and continuing support in this incredibly challenging time.
Thank you for continuing to give so generously. Please do share the campaign on social media if you are able.
Thanks again from Jo and the whole Team Miles, better!
We just came out of ICU visiting Miles earlier this evening. He has been stable and sleeping all day - they want to keep him calm and relaxed so the doctors have put him on a new drug which causes conscious sedation. He does seem (slightly) more chilled. They did another chest X-ray this morning, and it looks a little better. So we are hoping for a peaceful night and more small improvements tomorrow.
With love and so much gratitude to you all for all your support.