Teen regains consciousness after parents opt to donate organs
The parents of a 13-year-old Alabama boy with severe brain trauma signed away his organs to be donated — only for him to fully regain consciousness.
Trenton McKinley lost consciousness two months ago when the trailer he was riding on flipped over, leaving him with little brain function and barely breathing.
Jennifer Reindl, his mother, was told there was little hope for her son, adding he was dead for 15 minutes at one point.
“They told me the oxidation problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it,” Reindl told Fox affiliate WALA.
Several days after the March accident she decided to sign away his organs after being told there were five children who were a match.
“We said yes, that also insured that they would continue to keep Trenton alive to clean his organs for the donation,” she added to CBS News.
He was scheduled to be taken off life support, but suddenly showed signs of function a day before doctors were going to pull the plug, WALA reported.
Since that time, he’s regained most of his functions but still deals with seizures and nerve issues on a daily basis.
The Mobile, Ala. resident will also have surgery to have part of his skull reattached.
Trenton described his sudden recovery as nothing short of a miracle.
"I was in an open field walking straight," he said to WALA. "There's no other explanation but God. There's no other way. Even doctors said it.”
He still doesn’t remember much from the day of his accident, however.
Trenton was riding on a trailer pulled by a dune buggy when the vehicle suddenly stopped short.
He pushed a 4-year-old girl out of the way, but got tangled up in the process.
“I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head,” he told WALA. “After that, I don't remember anything.”