13-year-old considered as a 'miracle child' after surviving seven skull fractures
Alabama resident Trenton McKinley is in good health after surviving brain injuries one day before his parents could remove him from life support and had signed to donate his organs
A 13-year-old boy from Mobile, Alabama has been hailed as a 'miracle child' after he survived terrible brain trauma injuries involving a dune buggy. With no hopes left the parents had signed to donate his organs.
Trenton McKinley who was at a friend's house two months ago playing in a small trailer pulled by a dune buggy for kids. According to Trenton, his friend pressed the breaks suddenly causing the trailer to flip. He quickly threw his 4-year niece on the grass and meanwhile he was caught up in the flipping trailer. "I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don't remember anything" told FOX10
He was immediately rushed to USA Medical Hospital and was told he had of seven skull fractures!
“All I saw was a stretcher with his feet hanging out. He was dead a total of 15 minutes,” said his mother, Jennifer Reindl, sobbing. “When he came back, they said he would never be normal again. They told me the oxidation problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it.”
For the next several days Trenton's brain was totally dysfunctional and had trouble breathing. His parents faced a serious dilemma, later, they signed papers to donate his other organs.
"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."
A day before doctors were supposed to take him off the life support Trenton started to show signs of cognition and he believes he was in heaven while he was gone.
"I was in an open field walking straight,” said Trenton. "There's no other explanation but God. There's no other way. Even doctors said it."
Although the progress in his health is potential, Trenton is recovering but his struggle is real. He has lost 50 pounds and deals with severe pain and seizures daily. But, the kid has got a great sense of humor. "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!” laughed Trenton as he referred to the dent in his head. “She (his mother) wouldn't let me put nothing in it though. I really wanted to see if I could."
The boy has gone through three serious brain surgeries and has a long road ahead with a lot of medical expenses to go. Currently, he only has half of his skull and the other half is frozen in the hospital. He will soon have a surgery to reconnect the remaining.
A Facebook page has been set up to raise money for Trenton's medical bills.