Becky Turney was over the moon when her wedding day finally arrived, but it was bittersweet because the one person she wanted to be there would never be able to attend. Or so she thought.
Becky’s son, Triston Taylor “Shorty” Green, passed away before the big day, but her husband-to-be, Kelly, had a surprise up his sleeve that knocked Becky off her feet. In secret, Kelly contacted a man Becky had never met to be a stand-in groomsman at the wedding.
The mystery groomsman was Jacob Kilby, the recipient of her late son’s heart. Triston was an organ donor, and his death resulting in Jacob’s life being saved.
The photographer that captured the moment, Amber Lanphier of Love Adventured, posted the photos and her perspective of the emotional reunion in the post below.
“I knew about this surprise but nothing prepares you for the beauty of this moment. I met a man named Jacob Kilby yesterday who is alive because of a heart transplant received from this bride’s son Triston.”
“Her son couldn’t be here for the wedding day but Becky’s groom Kelly Turney, surprised her by flying Jacob up to Alaska to stand in as a groomsman, carrying Triston’s heart. Kelly stopped the ceremony to introduce Jacob to Becky for the first time.”
“Everyone was so moved by this and I had to share this amazing story. I had the pleasure of hearing Jacob share his gratitude and plans for a heart healthy life to Triston’s sister before the ceremony.”
“I am so blown away by his story and his amazing outlook on life. You couldn’t ask for a better recipient to receive such a gift.”
Because of Triston, Jacob Kilby is alive and well. Because of Triston, Becky was able to share this beautiful moment with him. Because of Triston, untold numbers of people will be inspired to become organ donors.
Who knows just how many people will be affected by one boy’s selfless decision.
Check out the moment Becky hears her son’s heartbeat for the first time since his passing, in the video below.
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Posted by Charity Johnson Roberts on Saturday, July 8, 2017