“Miracle in Mobile”: Organs about to be harvested when teen awakes

By Dave Andrusko

A 13-year-old boy from Alabama came back to life a day before doctors were set to pull the plug on his life support.
Photo: courtesy of Jennifer Nicole Reindl

WALA, a FOX affiliate in Alabama, calls it the “Miracle in Mobile.” And Fox reporter Devan Coffaro was not exaggerating when talking about the remarkable recovery of 13-year-old Trenton McKinley who “came back to life” the day before doctors were going to donate his organs to five children.

The story goes back to two months. Trenton was riding in a small utility trailer being pulled by a dune buggy for kids when it flipped.

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

According to USA Today’s Bryan Alexander,

Rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery with seven skull fractures, Trenton “died 4 times (and) one time for 15 min. The last time they brought him back he had no brain waves, a damaged brain stem and his heart only beat because of the (adrenaline),” Reindl wrote on Facebook.

On a fundraising page for medical expenses, [mother, Jennifer ] Reindl noted that Trenton’s “kidneys began to fail due to the lack of oxygen after his cardiac arrest.”

Doctors “said the next time his heart stopped they had to let him die…or I could sign a paper to donate his organs to save five other kids… so I signed it… I knew he would not hesitate to save 5 more lives,” the mother wrote on Facebook.

Only Trenton had other ideas.

A day before doctors were set to pull the plug, Trenton started showing small signs of cognition. He believes he was in heaven while he was gone.

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

Mom concurred. “It’s a miracle,” Reindl told Alexander.

Of course, Trenton has a long way to go—and it’s not an easy road. Coffaro said Trenton

is making strides beyond what anyone expected, but it’s not without a struggle. He’s lost 50 pounds, and deals with nerve pain and seizures daily. Despite all that, this kid’s still got a great sense of humor.

“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!” laughed Trenton as he referred to the dent in his head. “She wouldn’t let me put nothing in it though. I really wanted to see if I could.”

Coffaro concludes, “Just talking to the young boy, you would never believe he has already been through three brain surgeries.” Trenton “currently only has half of his skull. The missing piece is frozen at the hospital. He will have surgery soon to reconnect it.”

Through it all Reindl remains fully thankful. Writing on Facebook, she said

“God did for my son what he did for his own….and I am so honored to have him back this is my testimony….God is good,” she wrote.