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.”

Nicholas Comerchero is a junior at Corban University, where he plans to complete his undergraduate degree in political science. Nicholas enjoys thinking, writing, and speaking about public policy and economics.