Samuel (Peaches) Maxwell Ghost Ship Fire Survivor Fund

For: Samuel Maxwell - Peaches, survivor of the Ghost Ship Fire
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Wendi Maxwell
Samuel (Peaches) Maxwell Ghost Ship Fire Survivor Fund (Samuel Maxwell - Peaches, survivor of the Ghost Ship Fire)
$30,752
of $50,000 goal
61% Complete
Raised by 331 donors

The Story

Sam Maxwell - affectionately known as Peaches to his many friends - has been fighting for his life. Please help him.

According to witnesses, Sam was the last person to leave the burning building at the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland on the night of December 2, 2016. He had the presence of mind to call friends and ask to be taken to Highlands Hospital. 36 other people were not as fortunate. He texted his parents, saying I'm alive. I'm out."

Sam was in a medical coma for four weeks, and is still in the critical care unit in the hospital. He avoided skin burns (apparently by crawling on the floor to get out), but suffered serious smoke inhalation and numerous complications. He is facing extensive physical and emotional rehabilitation. He will need considerable support during that journey. He has suffered as serious a loss as anyone affected by this fire who is still living. You can help him become whole again.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 24, 2018

Posted on May 24, 2018

Sam had successful 2.5 hour surgery yesterday to repair his broken clavicle and torn ligaments. (He fell while attempting to move from bed to wheelchair with no one in the room... clearly he is getting much more independent!)  He had an excellent surgeon and great medical team.  He's now home (in Stockton) trying to rest while his arm is in a sling with a ball underneath it to keep it elevated off his chest.  He will be in a sling for 6 weeks, then start rehab on his shoulder somewhere between 6 weeks and 3 months.  He will be able to continue the rest of his physical therapy after he sees the doctor next week, assuming he feels good enough to work.  The next few days he is going to just eat and sleep, and say "THANK YOU" to everyone for all the well wishes. 

Posted on May 21, 2018

Posted on May 21, 2018

Sam was getting out of bed Monday night by himself and took a fall. He will have surgery for a broken right clavicle and torn ligaments on Wednesday. For the next few months he will practice being left-handed. He says that if babies can learn to be left-handed, it must not be that hard...

Posted on May 7, 2018

Posted on May 7, 2018

“One spark and it will be all bad,” Officer Moises Palanco said, according to police body camera footage of a September 2015 visit. Here are the video clips of police and fire visits and interviews in the years prior to the fire - not easy to watch. Mercury News and East Bay Times continue their Pulitzer-winning coverage of the Ghost Ship fire that killed 36, and disabled our son. The segment "Up the Stairs" shows the badly built stairs to the second floor, the only way leading out of the building. Imagine your own son caught in a fire - electricity out, no light, smoke, roar of the fire - and the only way out is down those stairs and then find your way to the front of the building...http://extras.mercurynews.com/ghostshipvideos/index.html

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