‘Brain-dead’ US boy regains consciousness one day before doctors set to pull plug

TVNZ One News 8 May 2018
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An Alabama boy is being called a miracle after suffering severe brain trauma from a dune buggy accident. He came back to life after his parents signed the paperwork to donate his organs.

Thirteen-year-old Trenton McKinley of Mobile was playing at a friend’s house two months ago.

He was riding in a small utility trailer being pulled by a dune buggy for kids.

Trenton says his friend pressed on the brakes suddenly, causing the trailer to flip.

He says he quickly threw his friend’s 4-year-old niece off into the grass, but in the process, got caught in the trailer as it flipped.

“I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,” said Trenton.

He was rushed to USA Medical Center for emergency surgery. He had seven skull fractures.

“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 was brain-dead and barely breathing. His parents were faced with a difficult decision. They signed the papers to donate his 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 set to pull the plug, Trenton started showing signs of cognition. He believes he was in heaven while he was gone.
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