AFTER a six week coma, a musician from Salisbury is now on the road to recovery and his friends are on a mission to raise £ 10,000 for his rehabilitation.
In March, Miles Prior-Wilson was suffering from a brain aneurysm and after being in a state of non-reactivity for more than a month, it was not known if he would survive.
Over the past few months, however, the 35-year-old, transferred from Southampton General to Salisbury District Hospital, has slowly but steadily shown improvements, particularly in his speech and responsiveness.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, visits to Miles have been limited, mostly limited to virtual calls only, but Isaac Rooney, a best friend of Miles, told the Newspaper he organized a fundraiser to make sure the musician had everything he needed after his surgery and treatment at the hospital.
“My friends and I were talking and we knew we had to do something that would help Miles access the things he needed,” Isaac said.
“We’re still thinking about it, but just doing something rather than nothing makes it a little less difficult.”
Not yet knowing what the pot of money will be used for, Isaac said it would be spent only on materials useful to Miles, such as a Kindle or a wheelchair.
“He has made incredible progress, there is a long way to go but we want to give him the best possible life. Everything he needs to improve his life,” he added.
Isaac Rooney with Miles in the hospital
Miles had been a musician in the Salisbury area for around 15 years, with Isaac describing his characters on and off stage as “a huge contrast”.
“Miles can be a private person so it was okay not to hear from him at first [after the aneurysm], but we played a lot of heavy music together and on stage he was going crazy, it was such a contrast, “he said.
“He was really an amazing musician. It was even dangerous to be on stage with, he goes crazy.
“Miles has been at the heart of the Salisbury community since he was a child, he has always lived here.
The online fundraising page currently stands at £ 4,450, which means the team have almost hit their goal halfway.
An evening of live music, “Miles-Aid”, will be held at Winchester Gate on October 9, also to raise funds to support Miles’ rehabilitation.
Isaac added, “People have been so generous, when you hear about things like this you want to help. Now we’re just trying to get people who aren’t in the know to hear her story.
“We just want to support him as much as we can.”
For more information and to donate, visit the Miles Fundraiser on Go Fund Me.
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