About the boy who regained consciousness right before his organs were to be donated.
Tell me more.
Trenton McKinley, a 13-year-old from Mobile Alabama was gravely injured recently when a cart he was riding in flipped over and landed on his head. Trenton suffered seven skull fractures and was clinically dead for 15 minutes before being brought back. Doctors informed Trenton’s mother that he would never be the same again, should he regain consciousness. After a few days of Trenton clinging to life, his mother decided to donate his organs to five children in need. She shared with Fox News, “Five kids needed organs that matched him, it was unfair to keep bringing him back because it was just damaging his organs even more.”
It seems that Trenton was meant to beat the odds. A day before they were to take his organs, he began to wake up. Since then, there has been significant progress towards healing. Trenton’s mom has kept family and friends up-to-date via her personal Facebook page sharing that he has had several surgeries, is experiencing daily seizures, but doing really well with his full-time rehabilitation otherwise. Shooting basketballs is a favorite activity currently.
While the road ahead is long, Trenton and his family are grateful for this second chance at life.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
It’s no secret to a parent that kids seem to have an overabundance of energy and a new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Physiology, seems to back that up. Another recent study is offering insight into just how much activity a child should have to maximize their longer-term health. It recommends at least one hour a day of physical activity with three of those days incorporating strength-building exercises for better bone health. One-third of an individual’s bone mass is acquired in adolescence, so some monkey bar time is always a good plan.
If you want to make strength-building a more formal effort, check out these 16 strength-training exercises that you can do with your kids. We’re going to opt out of the burpees and anything with the word plank in it, but we’re betting our kids will rock those moves and have loads of fun with the crab-walk.
The main takeaway here is that kids have a natural need to burn energy, so it’s important to facilitate that for them. Additionally, by forming a habit of living an active lifestyle, your child will be healthier in the longer term.
Get Appy With It
Are you headed to Disney this summer with the fam? Recently, Disney announced that is trying to give you an assist with those long lines. A new app is being released to provide parents with less than patient kids something fun to do while they wait. “…guests can play in the parks never like before using this soon-to-launch mobile app to access exclusive experiences at both locations through activities that interact with the surrounding environment. With the touch of a button, wait time turns into play time with family and friends at certain locations. And the more you explore in Disney parks, the more there is to discover on the app.”
The app will be free to download. Additional details to come in the days leading up to the summer months.
Parting Thoughts for the Day
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, don’t forget to show some love to your faves. Give them a handmade card from your child, a bouquet of flowers from your garden or a gift card to their favorite restaurant. We recently shared a list of fun DIY gifts if you want to get crafty. Also, share this massive list of freebies and discounts so they can enjoy all the perks being offered this week by companies like Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle and more.
ICYMI – Nickelodeon’s favorite family game from the 90’s, Double Dare is going to make a comeback. Our inner twelve-year-old wants a chance at being on the show. Does anyone have a connection? Help a parent out.
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