Trenton McKinley’s parents had just signed papers to have their son’s organs donated after he suffered a severe brain trauma.
He suffered a severe brain injury two months ago when the car he was in was flipped over in a crash. The teenager, from Alabama, suffered seven skull fractures and has been in hospital ever since.
‘I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,’ Trenton told Fox 10.
His parents were told by doctors that their son ‘would never be normal again’.
‘All I saw was a stretcher with his feet hanging out. He was dead a total of 15 minutes,’ Trenton’s mother, Jennifer Reindl, said.
‘When he came back, they said he would never be normal again. They told me the oxidation problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it.’
Trenton was barely breathing in the days following the crash and his mum made the heartbreaking decision to sign papers to donate his organs.
‘Five kids needed organs that matched him,’ Jennifer said. ‘It was unfair to keep bringing him back, because it was just damaging his organs even more.’
A day before doctors were going to take Trenton off of life support, the 13-year-old began showing signs of brain activity and movement.
He started breathing on his own and in late March, he woke up speaking full sentences, his mother wrote on a Facebook fundraising page. Trenton still has a long road to recovery and has had surgery on his brain three times already.
He will need another operation to reconnect a missing piece of his skull, his mother wrote online.
Trenton said he believes he went to heaven before he came back to life.
‘I was in an open field walking straight,’ Trenton said. ‘There’s no other explanation but God. There’s no other way. Even doctors said it.’
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