Mother Surprised by the Man Who Received a Heart from Her Son

posted: 07/13/17
by: Kristine Boyd

One mother was set out to enjoy her wedding day knowing she would have wouldn't have the one person she wanted there most, her son. Bride, Becky Turney, lost her son, Triston, when he was just 19-years-old. The family was absolutely devastated by the loss of their teenage boy. The only thing that truly comforted the family during this impossible time was knowing that he was an organ donor. Knowing that his organs went to people who truly needed them made them proud of their son. On Becky's wedding day, she was surprised by the man who was able to receive Triston's heart and her face says it all.

"I couldn't wrap my arms around him fast enough," Becky remembered. "You can't put it into words. It's immense joy. That's the coolest thing about the pictures. If you look at (them), it says it all. Total surprise, complete joy. My world was as complete as it could be," she told Channel 2 in Alaska.

Jacob Kilby, the man who was able to receive Triston's heart, was born with a life-threatening heart syndrome. He had his first heart transplant at age 2, and his battle continued from there. In 2015, he was able to receive Triston's heart and live out a healthy life. She knows that Triston is alive today because of her son's willingness to donate his organs.

Kelly continued to cry throughout her wedding day with pure joy that Jacob was there and Triston's presence was there. "It's the most selfless act you can do for another person," Kelly said. "And we would encourage other families of donors and recipients to reach out," she told Channel 2.

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