‘Brain Dead’ 13-year-old miraculously awakes day before doctors pull the plug

Trenton McKinley of Mobile, Alabama had been riding in a trailer that was being pulled by a dune buggy at a friend’s house in March. The teen was flipped over and sent head first to the ground, fracturing his skull in several places and resulting in severe brain damage.


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Trenton McKinley of Mobile, Alabama had been riding in a trailer that was being pulled by a dune buggy at a friend’s house in March. The teen was flipped over and sent head first to the ground, fracturing his skull in several places and resulting in severe brain damage.

“I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head… After that, I don’t remember anything.”

After performing several surgeries McKinley remained unresponsive and Doctors relied on giving the 13-year-old multiple doses of adrenaline to keep his heart beating.

McKinley died 4 times during surgery and was declared legally dead for 15 minutes at one point, which would mean that the brain damage the teen sustained would be irreversible.

The teen’s mother was then told by doctors that her son would never be normal again and encouraged to allow the donation of his organs for transplants in hopes of saving others lives.

“They said the next time his heart stopped they had to let him die,” Jennifer Reindl, the boy’s mother, said in a Facebook post. “Or I could sign a paper to donate his organs to save five other kids and they would keep hitting him with adrenaline til Monday… so I signed it.”

“The next day I got a call… right before they hooked him up his hand moved.”

Considered by doctors to be incurably brain-dead, Trenton McKinley is now walking and talking and has made an almost unbelievable recovery in just a few weeks since he regained consciousness.

McKinley still faces a long road to recovery despite defying the odds and coming back from the brink of death. He is currently suffering from seizures as well as nerve damage and will require even more surgery to reattach part of his skull.

Interestingly enough, McKinley has since told Fox10 News that while he was unconscious he had seen visions that have convinced him, his family and even doctors that his miracle recovery was a result of some sort of divine intervention.

“I was in an open field walking straight,” he said. “There’s no other explanation but God. There’s no other way. Even doctors said it.”The family has set up a fundraising page to help with Trenton’s medical expenses. If you would like to donate you can do so here.


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Everett Shapcott

Everett Shapcott is a Pro-Gun advocate and Classical Liberal from the South Shore of Montreal who enjoys caffeine and taking up contrary opinions in political discussions.

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