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After a devastating accident left a 13-year-old boy with multiple skull fractures, his parents were prepared to donate his organs. Then, he began to recovery.
As you will see in the video below, Trenton's recovery has been nothing sort of amazing. He'll tell you that himself in the video below.
It's no wonder that so many people keep referring to this as a miracle.
Two months ago, Trenton McKinley of Mobile, Alabama was hospitalized under especially tragic circumstances.
The 13-year-old had been in a serious accident.
While riding in a trailer that was hitched to the back of a dune buggy that his friend was driving.
If that sounds like a recipe for disaster to you, you are correct.
ABC reports that when his friend stopped the buggy abruptly, the trailer flipped over.
Trenton's head hit the concrete and the trailer landed on his head.
He had seven skull fractures and needed two different surgeries to remove a portion of his skull.
Doctors did not expect him to make it, as his mother explains.
"He was dead a total of 15 minutes."
While the medical term for death refers to someone not having any cardiovascular function, brains needs oxygen to live, and when they are starved of oxygen, a person dies.
"When he came back, they said he would never be normal again."
Doctors feared the worst, and warned the family to not get their hopes up.
"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 parents were prepared to donate his organs, which is absolutely the responsible thing to do.
But, 48 to 72 hours after coming to the hospital, and a day before they would have taken him off of life support, Trenton began to show signs of brain function.
Some internet denizens have condemned the parents for being prepared to donate his organs and accused the doctors of being "greedy" for his organs.
The family, it sounds like, is just happy to have their son back.
His mother says: "He's a miracle, and he just amazes everybody."
Trenton himself says this:
"There's no other explanation but God. There's no other way that I could have came back. Even the doctors said."
Obviously, and with zero disrespect towards the McKinley family or anyone else's religious beliefs, medical experts have offered an explanation.
In fact, you may have guessed it, based upon accounts of how young children are more likely to survive certain traumatic events — like plunging into a freezing river — than adults.
There is a higher level of plasticity to a young, developing brain than there is to an adult whose brain is finished developing.
This means that new connections are easier to form, and it also means that parts of a child's brain have an easier time repurposing themselves.
Again, the doctors who mention this are in no way trying to diminish this family's feeling that this recovery was miraculous.
As you can see in the video below, Trenton is still recovering.
He appears to need help and support when taking actions like rising up and walking.
But it is wonderful that he and his family were able to pull through this tragedy.
We absolutely wish him the best as he continues to recover.
Hear him speak in the video below:
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Monday on Teen Mom OG, Amber and Andrew got into a major tiff, while Farrah and her mom continued to butt heads over Deb’s wedding.
Also, Catelynn confirmed she was pregnant again, but not everybody reacted to the seemingly joyous news how you might expect.
When Teen Mom OG Season 5 Episode 10 got underway, Amber finally announced her baby news to her friends and family members.
If you watch Teen Mom OG online, you know that there’s always more drama ahead, though, and Andrew Glennon delivered.
Amber disagreed with his “hippie” suggestion that they wait to find out the gender of their child, and an explosive argument followed.
Not surprisingly, Amber won out in the end.
The family then celebrated Halloween with her daughter, Leah, along with Leah’s father Gary Shirley, and his wife, Kristina Anderson.
The haunted hayride looked fun, but things turned a little more serious (and awkward) when Gary expressed his concern for Amber.
Regarding her pregnancy, he even took a dig at her and the timeline of her latest romance, saying, “hopefully it’s not Matt’s!”
Hopefully not, indeed. Kristina weighed in that “I think there was a break between Matt and Andrew, I think, I don’t know!”
None of us really do.
Indeed, fans have speculated that Amber’s baby could possibly be Matt’s, but there’s nothing to suggest that rumor is true.
Down in the Volunteer State, Maci Bookout and Ryan Edwards were still trying to figure out a custody agreement, and butting heads.
Since he has yet to take a drug test – her requirement for him to see Bentley more often – there’s still an impasse in that regard.
Just the same, Maci and Ryan kept up their tradition of taking Bentley trick-or-treating together with his grandparents, Jen and Larry.
At least that was the plan.
When Maci changed the time, Ryan, Mackenzie Standifer, and her son, Hudson, were not able to join the festivities. Ryan was pissed.
Ryan alleged that Maci intentionally wanted to sabotage the plans and exclude him, though Maci claimed this was not the case.
Separately, she told husband Taylor McKinney that she didn’t know anything about Ryan and Mackenzie’s scheduling issues.
Either way, another day, another drama.
On a bittersweet note, considering what we know has happened since this was filmed, Catelynn Lowell was celebrating her pregnancy.
At the same time, she and Tyler Baltierra were dealing with the emotionally heavy subject of sending his father Butch back to rehab.
Fortunately for Butch, this time it was voluntary, not court-ordered; Cate and Tyler were also behind him 100% – and $ 48,000 worth.
That’s a lot of confidence in his ability to take it seriously, but it seemed like he was, even if he was feeling anxious about the process.
We wish him the best.
As for Cate, we know she miscarried, and that Lowell is in rehab again as well as part of her ongoing battle with mental health problems.
Finally, Farrah Abraham heard from none other than Jenelle Evans of Teen Mom 2 fame, who reached out to her about Deb’s wedding.
What does Jenelle have to do with it?
Apparently, Evans’ ex-husband, Courtland Rogers, was invited to Farrah’s mother’s upcoming nuptials … which makes literally no sense.
Farrah, naturally, was confused, and did the logical thing – calling up Debbo on FaceTime and putting her on blast over this move.
Despite the verbal reprimand, Debra decided to stand by her decision about Courtland being invited, which still makes no sense, but hey:
Very little about Farrah’s world does.
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