In 2014, Miles and Roger Hinze formed A Mile A Way Productions and completed their first television documentary, Yellow, Yellow, Yellow.
Michael Miles Statement
I was Doctor Trammell’s patient from the time I was about 8 years old until he retired from practice a few years ago.
Naturally growing up in the Indianapolis area I was a racing fan, and one of my favorite drivers was Rick Mears. In 1984 Mears had a frightening accident at IndyCar race at Saniar Raceway in Canada where both of his lower legs were very badly shattered.
Both of Rick’s feet were so mutilated that the local trauma doctors were suggesting amputation. Instead, he was flown to Methodist in Indianapolis where my doctor and his team saved Rick’s lower legs and feet in an operation that lasted more than half the night.
Later, when I would visit his [Trammell’s] office for checkups, he’d tell me wonderful stories about Mears, the other drivers, the race tracks that he had visited, and the sort of things that he and his team were able to do for injured drivers.
Dr. Trammell’s work is almost legendary, except that it’s all true and tough.
Brave drivers like Rick will always choke up a bit talking about it.
Doctor Trammell never liked the term “miracle worker” and always gave his surgical team the greatest part of the credit. As it turns out my personal exposure to this man when I was quite young has been a large part of what got me interested in this project in the first place.
Dr. Trammell operated to fuse my spine for my scoliosis when I was just 16, and a few years later he performed another surgery on my right collarbone.
Years later, when I was working and living in Los Angeles I got hit by a car while in a pedestrian crosswalk on Ventura Blvd. which destroyed my right hip. My West Coast doctors called Doctor Trammell for my records and had him review my x-rays to make sure no damage was done to my spine in the accident. Always sweating the details, he continued to consult with them on my rehabilitation almost daily from halfway across the country.
A few weeks after I was out of the hospital, Dr. Trammell was in Los Angeles on business and came by to visit me while I was recovering at home. It was really just supposed to be a drop-by social visit, but the doctor, being Dr. Terry Trammell of course, actually gave me a very thorough looking over right there in my little apartment.
It was that day sitting talking to him about his work and the passion that he had for it, that I decided I was going to make Rapid Response as soon as I was healed.
Dr. Trammell, Dr. Olvey, and others like those two giants don’t do what they do for glory. I honestly think that they have something that burns inside that won’t allow them to do anything else. I only hope our team has been able to capture some of that spirit in this film.