‘Nothing prepares you for the beauty of this moment’: Bride overcome with emotion when surprised by man who received her late son’s heart

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“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.

Bride holds hand over her mouth at wedding as she sees man who is alive due to her late son's heart
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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.

Bride holds hand over mouth as she listens to man's heart that once was her late son's with stethoscope
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Bride smiles while listening to man's heart that once belonged to her late son with stethoscope
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Bride hugs man who is alive because of late son's heart
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Bride holds bouquet of flowers that has little pictures of her late son on it who donated his heart
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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.

Bride hugs man who has her late son's heart while bridal party watches and cries
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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.”

Sign placed on chair for bride's late son at her wedding
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Bride and groom stand with man in the middle who has bride's late son's heart
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