‘There’s No Other Explanation But God’: Teen Wakes Up After Doctors Declared Him Brain Dead

By Nancy Flory Published on May 7, 2018

A teenager in Mobile, Alabama was brain dead following a serious head injury. His parents had already signed papers to donate his organs. Yet that teen has sprung back to life and his doctors are calling it a miracle.

‘I Don’t Remember Anything’

Two months ago, 13-year-old Trenton McKinley was riding in a utility trailer behind a dune buggy when the driver hit the brakes suddenly, reported Fox 10. The trailer flipped. McKinley was able to throw a four-year-old off the trailer into the grass, but he wasn’t able to get out of the trailer before it flipped over. “I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head,” said Trenton. “After that, I don’t remember anything.”

Trenton sustained seven skull fractures. Jennifer Reindl, Trenton’s mother, said Trenton was dead for 15 minutes. “When he came back, they said he would never be normal again. They told me … that he would be a vegetable if he even made it.”

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Trenton was brain dead and barely breathing for several days. His parents decided to sign the papers donating his organs.

“Five kids needed organs that matched him,” Reindl said. “It was unfair to keep bringing him back, because it was just damaging his organs even more.”

A Miracle

Just one day before the doctors were to remove life support, Trenton showed signs that he had brain activity. He began breathing on his own and speaking in full sentences in March, according to a Facebook post by his mom.

He still has nerve pain and daily seizures. He’s had three surgeries and will have more. Part of his skull is at the hospital and he will soon have surgery to re-connect it.

Trenton believes he went to heaven. “I was in an open field walking straight. There’s no other explanation but God. There’s no other way. Even doctors said it.”

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  • Nobody Specific

    Hopefully this story gets out there and told a lot. Thank you Nancy! Maybe this remind patients, doctors, politicians, and the public never to give up on life!

    • Tim Pan

      I was dead at his age. I saw to much and to this day i resent being brought back to life. I am sure he will feel the same way.

  • Tim Pan

    Thank you Lord . May this young boy become a mighty witness .

  • Boris

    The kid believes in God so he’s still brain dead.

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