'Brain dead' boy wakes up after parents sign organ donation forms

Ksenia Novikova
May 13, 2018
05:23 A.M.

A 13-year-old boy miraculously regained conscious to shock everyone after being claimed dead for a day.


Trenton McKinley was pronounced 'brain dead' after being severely injured in a dune buggy accident. But when his parents made the hard decision of donating his organs, he shockingly regained consciousness, according to Fox 10.

The horrific accident occurred around two months ago when McKinley was playing at a friend's house in Alabama. The teen was riding in a small trailer that was being pulled by a dune buggy. The trialed then flipped when his friend suddenly hit the brakes of the dune buggy.

McKinley revealed that he last remembered hitting the concrete as the trailer landed on top of his head. He couldn't recall anything after that

When his mother, Jennifer Reindl, arrived at USA Medical Center in Mobile, McKinley had already been dead for over 15 minutes. The mother could only see her boy's feet hanging out from a stretcher.


“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,” the source quoted her as revealing.

The parents then finally made the difficult choice of donating his organs to five children in need that were a match for the teen.

The heartbroken mother wrote on her Facebook feed how she had signed the papers agreeing to donate her child's organs.

'They said the next time his heart stopped they had to let him die….this was a [Saturday]….or I could sign a paper to donate his organs to save five other kids….and they would keep hitting him with adrenaline till Monday….so I signed it,' she wrote.

But the following day, she got a call from the hospital saying that they had canceled the final brain wave test. Just before they could strap him on to the test machine, his hand had moved followed by his feet.

Almost miraculously, McKinley began showing signs of brain activity just a day before doctors could take him off life support.

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