McKinley, of Mobile, Alabama, was hospitalized in March after being injured when a small utility trailer he was in over-turned. The 13-year-old told Fox News, “I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don't remember anything." The young teen suffered multiple skull fractures as a result of the accident. Doctors told his mother Trenton “would never be normal again.”

Mother Jennifer Reindl told Fox News, “All I saw was a stretcher with his feet hanging out. He was dead a total of 15 minutes,”  Reindl said that physicians told her that oxygen deprivation would mean irreversible brain damage. Physicians told Reindl that considering Trenton’s condition, "the next time his heart stopped they had to let him die," which was when, Reindl said, that "A man from the UAB organ donation came and talked to us in the family conference room about donating five organs to UAB children's hospital that would save five other children," according to CBS News.

Reindl signed documents to allow physicians to remove Trenton’s organs to be transplanted into other children. She said, “It was unfair to keep bringing him back, because it was just damaging his organs even more."

About 24 hours before Trenton was to be taken off life support, he showed signs of noticeable movement and brain activity. Late in March, the boy showed that he could breathe on his own. Upon waking, he could speak in full sentences, according to the Facebook page that his mother posted. "The next day he was scheduled to have his final brain wave test to call his time of death but his vitals spiked so they cancelled the test," Reindl said, describing it as a "miracle."

Trenton still shows signs of seizures and also suffers nerve pain. He has survived three brain surgeries and expects another surgery to reconnect pieces of his skull. 

Now that he can speak, Trenton says that he believes in the after-life. He said he recalls that before he was fully awake, he saw himself walking straight in an open field. "There's no other explanation but God. There's no other way. Even doctors said it."

Trenton is taking his recovery in good humor. He jokes that the noticeable dent in his skull makes for a serving dish."I said I could turn sideways and put salsa in there and eat chips and dip out of my head. No more washing dishes for me!” he said, according to local WALA news. On a GoFundMe page, the family is soliciting donations. So far, approximately $1,600 has been contributed to their $100,000 goal.




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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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