from our partnerFaithwire
written byWill Maule
The 13-year-old Alabama boy who was called a “miracle” after he came back from the brink of death following a horrific accident has said that he “held the hand of Jesus.”
Trenton McKinley of Mobile was being towed in a small utility trailer by a friend who was riding a dune buggy when his friend suddenly pumped the brakes. Trenton quickly threw his 4-year-old niece off the trailer and into the grass to safety. In the process, however, he managed to get tangled in the trailer as it flipped over.
“I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don’t remember anything,” Trenton told WALA-TV. Trenton’s injury plunged him into a coma. According to the BBC, Trenton’s mother Jennifer Reindl said that Trenton was confirmed dead for 15 minutes, after which doctors insisted he would “never be normal again.”
But in an interview with CBN News, this brave young man talked of seeing Jesus Christ in the flesh.
“I was walking through a shadow with a field. I saw a dark male figure with a beard,” McKinley recalled. “He held my hand as I walked through a field. I was holding a baby in my arm. My mom told me she lost a boy from a miscarriage before I was born. I know it was my brother.”
“I was in an open field walking straight,” Trenton revealed. “There’s no other explanation but God. There’s no other way. Even doctors said it.”
Now, with an extraordinary experience of survival under his belt, Trenton insisted that heaven “was real.”
“Jesus is watching you at all times,” he told CBN News. “He’s with you. Believe and never lose faith.”
The teen has continued to defy doctors by making remarkable progress in his recovery. But it’s not all easy going — Trenton has lost 50 pounds and suffers with both nerve pain and horrific seizures. Currently, he possesses just half of his skull. The missing piece is frozen at the hospital, ready to be reconnected through yet another surgery.
In a post to his GoFundMe page, Trenton’s mom Jennifer Reindl detailed that her son’s recovery was going very well.
“Trenton had a good day today…he only had one dizzy spell….and no seizures. God is good….we had a special suprise visit from one of Trenton’s youth pastures that we really enjoyed talking of the lord with today. Speaking of god and of his greatness really rises our spirits. We are so thankful for all the prayers and blessing from you all,” she posted.
UPDATE: Trenton’s GoFundMe page currently shares his story:
“He has had two craniotomy surgeries and died 4 times at 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 the adrenalin and even then his vitals were 40over20 and his body temp was 81….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….his eyes were solid black and dry and I knew he would not hesitate to save 5 more lives….the next day I got a call….they canceled the final brain wave test….right before they hooked him up his hand moved, then his feet…so they looked at his eyes and they were back responsive..and my baby was in heaven for a whole day….he is a miracle…they say no one has ever came back from complete death of the brain brain stem and heart….but God did for my son what he did for his own….and I am so honored to have him back….this is our testimony!”