When doctors declared 13-year-old Trenton McKinley brain dead, his parents elected to donate his organs, and opted to remove their son from life support.
Trenton, however, no longer needed life support. Just days before doctors planned to remove his ventilator, the Alabama teen’s brain flickered back to life.
A severe accident had left Trenton with multiple skull fractures, forcing surgeons to remove portions of the boy’s skull. Doctors presented Trenton’s parents with a grim diagnosis: even if their son survived, he would lose nearly all brain function.
Indeed, when physicians deemed Trenton brain dead, their fears seemed to be confirmed.
Fifteen minutes later, though, the teen received a cranial reboot which his family attributes to divine intervention. “He’s a miracle, and he just amazes everybody,” Trenton’s mother, Jennifer Reindl, said of her son.
After Trenton continued to improve, doctors discharged him from the hospital. He awaits a second surgery to refuse portions of his skull.
“There’s no other explanation but God,” Trenton reflected. “There’s no other way.”
After three months in the hospital, Bobby Asa, a seventeen-year-old Sam Barlow High School student, finally returned home.
On June 27th, Bobby was driving home after visiting a friend, when another driver rear-ended his car. Bobby lost consciousness after the impact of the collision fractured his skull and damaged his spinal cord. He didn’t wake until six months later.
Doctors told Bobby’s family he would likely never walk again. But, after being released from Randall Children’s Hospital last Friday, he is already proving them wrong: “Walking is good. I’m getting to relearn it and learning how to be in a wheelchair, so relearning, kind of, life again,” Bobby told KOIN reporters.
Bobby hasn’t allowed his struggles to embitter him. In fact, his recovery has taught him important lessons: He values life more than ever before, because he now realizes “it can be taken away just like that. That’s what I think mostly, and not taking stuff for granted is what I want to do now.”
Last weekend, Bobby’s family celebrated his return home with an open house to thank friends and neighbors for their support. Nearly 200 people attended the event. “I just want to say, like, thank you to everyone who helped,” Bobby said.
Bobby explained that he looked to his family and community for encouragement during his long recovery. However, he ultimately credits his astounding progress to something else. “Well, I think it is a miracle because, like, right now, I shouldn’t even be doing what I’m doing,” he stated. “I should be in bed right now, but I’m not. So that’s great.”
At 20-weeks gestation, Shellie Tucker visited her doctor for routine ultrasound and learned that she was pregnant with conjoined twins. Her daughters were joined at the chest and abdomen and shared a diaphragm and liver. Shellie and her husband, Greg Tucker, were expecting a second child, and the news both surprised them and brought new worries.
Shellie and Greg Tucker went to see a specialist who advised them to terminate the pregnancy because the girls were not expected to survive.
“As he was telling me, I could literally feel the girls kicking in my belly and I knew that that wasn’t possible,” said Shellie Tucker.
Both refused to abort and decided to seek a second opinion instead.
“Both of us have a lot of faith,” Shellie Tucker explained. “And I think in that situation you have to have it, and we just kinda relied on that and figured no matter the outcome, we were gonna make it through.”
Amelia and Allison were born healthy at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia where doctors have separated 21 pairs of conjoined twins. Doctors believed that Amelia and Allison could be successfully separated.
At eight months old, Amelia and Allison underwent a seven-hour separation operation.
“An overwhelmingly dramatic moment when the tables spread and the babies go their separate ways,” explained Dr. Holly Hedrick, the lead surgeon. “And it’s a hard moment, too, because you know, before the operation, they were happy. They were thriving. They had no problems being with each other.”
Now Amelia and Allison are four years old and still thriving.
“I’m thankful every single day, and I can’t describe it,” said Shellie Tucker. “Seeing the girls and seeing them climb and get into things, as aggravated as I get, I can’t help but laugh because they’re an absolute miracle.”
The Vatican has announced 5 saints to be canonized this year, including the Missionaries of Charity foundress.
After attributing a second miracle to Mother Teresa in December, Pope Francis has set September 4, 2016 as her official date to be canonized as a saint.
During her life, Mother Teresa worked tirelessly, living among and caring for the poor in Calcutta, India. She made it her mission to serve “all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared-for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.” Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her efforts.
Her canonization comes 13 years after her beatification and just 19 years after her death, making her one of the quickest to become a recognized saint.
Seven month old Lincoln Seay received a life-saving heart transplant minutes after going into cardiac arrest. The Alaskan boy was born with a rare defect which caused his organs to be on the opposite side of his body.
“They had even said he might not survive birth we really had no idea what to expect, so when he came out and he cried and he looked great we were elated,” said mother, Mindy Seay.
However, Lincoln’s condition worsened after birth, despite many surgeries, his heart began to fail. In a emergency decision, his parents flew him to Seattle Children’s Hospital for a heart transplant. Lincoln had been waiting for a heart for five months, but just as he was going into surgery, he went into cardiac arrest.
Despite these odds, Doctors were able to successfully perform a heart transplant.
“We were praying for a miracle and that moment in time it’s fair to say we got a miracle,” said father, Rob Seay. “Because the heart was en route, they went ahead and opened his chest and the surgeon reached in and hand compressed his heart until the new heart arrived.”
Lincoln’s parents hope his story helps encourage others to become organ donors.