Trenton McKinley is a walking miracle.
Two months ago, the Mobile, Alabama teen suffered severe injuries when a small utility trailer that he was riding in flipped over, CBS News reports.
Initially, doctors thought his brain injuries were so severe that he would never regain consciousness, and his parents agreed to remove his life support and donate his organs, the report states.
But just before that happened, the 13-year-old showed signs of life.
Jennifer Reindl, Trenton’s mom, said she initially thought she lost her young son to the accident. She told Fox News that he showed no vital signs for a full 15 minutes. Eventually, she signed the papers to donate his organs, believing his life would help save other children’s.
“A man from the UAB organ donation came and talked to us in the family conference room about donating five organs to UAB children’s hospital that would save five other children. We said yes, that also insured that they would continue to keep Trenton alive to clean his organs for the donation,” Reindl told CBS News on Sunday.
Then, Trenton shocked everyone.
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“The next day he was scheduled to have his final brain wave test to call his time of death but his vitals spiked so they canceled the test,” Reindl said.
Now, Trenton is not only awake, but he also can walk, read and even do math problems again, his parents said.
Trenton still is suffering from pain and seizures from seven skull fractures, and he will need surgery again in the future, according to the report. But for now, he is at home receiving therapy and beginning to heal.
Speaking recently to the local news, the young man said he thinks he was in heaven for a little while after the accident.
“I was in an open filed walking straight,” he told reporters. “There’s no other explanation but God.”
His parents also praised God for their son’s recovery.
“All glory to God … I am so thankful for every second I get to spend my time with my son,” Reindl wrote Sunday on Facebook.