‘Brain-dead’ boy wakes up a day before doctors planned to switch off his life support

2018-05-07 15:53
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A 13-year-old boy who was said to be brain dead defied the odds when he regained consciousness, after his parents had signed papers to donate his organs.

Trenton McKinley, from Mobile in Alabama, USA, was hospitalised two months ago after a small utility trailer he was in flipped over.

The teenager suffered seven skull fractures and has been in hospital ever since the incident.

His parents were told by doctors that their son “would never be normal again”.

“All I saw was a stretcher with his feet hanging out. He was dead a total of 15 minutes,” Trenton’s mother, Jennifer Reindl, told Fox 10.

“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.”

 Trenton remained brain dead and was barely breathing in the days following the crash and his mother made the heartbreaking decision to sign papers to donate his organs.

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

A day before doctors were due to remove Trenton from life support, the 13-year-old began showing signs of brain activity and movement.

He even started breathing on his own and in late March, he woke up speaking full sentences, his mother wrote on a Facebook fundraising page.

Trenton still has a long road to recovery and has had surgery on his brain three times already.

He’ll need another operation to reconnect a missing piece of his skull, his mother wrote on another Facebook post.

Trenton says he believes he went to heaven before he came back to life.

“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.”

Sources: Fox 10, The Sun , Metro UK, People

 

 

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