13-year-old Trenton McKinley was involved in a horrible utility vehicle accident. Trenton was on the brink of death. His brain was so badly damaged by the accident that he remained in a coma.
When Trenton first arrived at hospital, doctors rushed him to surgery. Having found that Trenton had seven skull fractures the Doctors did all they could do to repair it. Within the first few hours he died four times – one time he was ‘dead’ for 15 minutes before doctors could revive him, according to USA Today.
Young Trenton had been brought back to life four times, though after the last time doctors could see no brain waves and noticed that he had a damaged brain stem.
The doctors deduced that Trenton was brain dead, and told the parents that the next time his heart stopped they would have to let him die.
“The next time his heart stopped they had to let him die…or I could sign a paper to donate his organs to save five other kids… so I signed it… I knew he would not hesitate to save 5 more lives,” his mother, Jennifer Reindl wrote on Facebook.
Donating Trenton’s organs
When Trenton’s parents were told there was no hope left for their 13-year-old son, they decided to take doctors up on the offer of organ donation.
“Five kids needed organs that matched him,” said Reindl. “It was unfair to keep bringing him back, because it was just damaging his organs even more.”
But, as soon as they signed the donation papers, Trenton began to show signs of coming back. A miracle was taking place! According to WALA news outlet, only a day before doctors were set to pull the plug.
Missing a piece of his skull
Trenton is now missing part of his skull and has lost a lot of weight, but his humour is still very much intact.
“I could turn my head to the side and use it as a bowl for chips and dip,” he joked some time after waking up.
Though Trenton has a long and tough rehabilitation ahead of him, he is thankful to have survived. He himself believes he went to heaven briefly.
“I was in an open field walking straight,” Trenton told WALA. “There’s no other explanation but God. There’s no other way. Even doctors said it.”
Jennifer has been using Facebook to keep others updated on her son’s condition. She is so grateful that he beat the overwhelming odds and wants to use his story to give hope to others.
13-year-old Trenton is now being described as a “miracle boy”, for no one can rightly explain how he woke from the coma. This proves that you should never stop hoping, because at the end of it all the impossible can actually happen.
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