13-year-old Trenton McKinley of Mobile, Alabama, suffered severe brain trauma two months ago when a small utility trailer he was riding flipped over.
“I hit the concrete, and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,” he shared.
Trenton was medically dead for a total of 15 minutes. He suffered seven skull fractures in the accident, and his parents were told that he would never be the same again.
For the next several days, Trenton was brain dead and barely breathing. His parents were faced with a difficult decision.
His mother, Jennifer Reindl, said that she signed papers to donate Trenton’s organs because five kids needing transplants were a match.
“A man from the UAB organ donation came and talked to us in the family conference room about donating five organs to UAB children’s hospital that would save five other children. We said yes, that also insured that they would continue to keep Trenton alive to clean his organs for the donation,” Reindl told CBS News on Sunday.
Surprisingly, just a day before doctors were set to end Trenton’s life support, he started showing signs of cognition. Trenton is now slowly going through recovery.
“The next day he was scheduled to have his final brain wave test to call his time of death, but his vitals spiked so they cancelled the test,” Reindl said.
Trenton is dealing with nerve pain and seizures but will soon undergo surgery to reconnect part of his skull. His mother shares that Trenton is getting stronger everyday.
“From no brain waves to now walking and talking and reading, doing math. A miracle,” she said.
Trenton said he believes he was in heaven during the time he was unconscious.
“I was in an open field walking straight,” he shared. “There’s no other explanation but God. There’s no other way. Even doctors said it.”
We’re hoping Trenton makes a full and speedy recovery!