“There’s no other explanation but God. There’s no other way. Even doctors said it.” That is how Trenton McKinley describes his miracle recovery from a severe brain injury.
Trenton is 13-years-old and was hospitalized two months ago after a small utility trailer he was riding in flipped over and landed on him.
“I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,” Trenton said.
Trenton suffered seven skull fractures from the accident. His parents recalled doctors saying their son “would never be normal again.”
At one point after the accident, Trenton flatlined for a total of 15 minutes while the doctors tried to stabilize him.
“All I saw was a stretcher with his feet hanging out. He was dead a total of 15 minutes,” Trenton’s mother, Jennifer Reindl, said. “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.”
After several days of Trenton barely breathing, his mother ultimately decided to sign the papers donating his organs so that five children might be saved who needed transplants.
“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.”
But just a day before doctors were going to take Trenton off of life support, the 13-year-old began showing signs of brain activity and movement. Trenton began breathing on his own, his finger moved and then he woke up speaking full sentences in late March.
Trenton still has a long road to recovery and suffers nerve pain and daily seizures. He has had three brain surgeries and will have another procedure to reconnect the missing piece of his skull.
Trenton said he believes he went to heaven before he came back to life.
“I was in an open field walking straight,” Trenton recalled.
He’s back now, and there really is no other explanation other than God.