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Parents Signed Papers to Donate Brain-Dead Son's Organs When Miracle Occurred

Most people would agree that the most devastating thing that could happen to a person is to lose a child. Parents from Alabama were facing that loss after their son was involved in an accident. For two months, the 13-year-old was barely breathing and had little brain function.

He was officially declared brain dead and his family made the agonizing decision to take him off machines and let him rest in peace. At the last moment, however, he shocked everyone by regaining consciousness. Doctors say it's nothing short of a miracle.

In early March, Trenton McKinley was riding on a trailer that was being pulled by a dune buggy. The vehicle stopped short and overturned. Trenton managed to push a 4-year-old girl out of the way, but in putting her first he lost his balance and landed on the concrete. The trailer flipped on top of him and landed on his head.

Trenton has been in the hospital ever since. He was declared brain dead by his medical team. He even died for 15 minutes at one point, and was revived from the brink of death on at least three other occasions. His mother, Jennifer Reindl, said there was little hope for her son.

“They told me the oxidation problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it,” she told WALA, a Fox News affiliate.

The last time Trenton was revived, his brain was showing no activity and a damaged brain stem. Doctors told the parents that the next time his heart stopped, they had to just let him go.

Reindl made the difficult decision to sign a consent form to donate her son's organs. Trenton was found to be a match for five children on the waiting list.

“We said yes, that also insured that they would continue to keep Trenton alive to clean his organs for the donation,” said Reindl to CBS News.

Finally, the day was drawing near on which Trenton's life support would be shut down. The day before the doctors were going to pull the plug, though, he shocked everyone by regaining consciousness.

"I was in an open field walking straight," Trenton said. "There's no other explanation but God. There's no other way. Even doctors said it.”

He doesn't remember anything about the accident, and he's still not out of the woods yet. Trenton will have to have surgery to reattach part of his skull. But he's conscious and on the road to recovery.

Trenton has even gotten his sense of humor back and is in good spirits. he jokes about using the dent in his head as a serving platter. "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 to WALA.

His mother has been updating Trenton’s condition on social media. She posted a photo of him outside the family home. "A smile today. From my sweet baby boy. All glory to god… I am so thankful for every second I get to spend my time with my son outside the hospital."

Source: AOL
Photos: Fox 10 Screenshot

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