It’s always nice when a parent can say their child’s heart is in the right place.
Of course, it’s a phrase that is usually used metaphorically.
However, for Becky Turney, a wedding day surprise organized by groom Kelly turned it tear-jerkingly into reality.
Becky’s son Triston tragically and unexpectedly died in 2015, and an empty seat was left for him at the wedding.
A message on it read “I’m in heaven for your wedding, so what shall I do? I’ll come down to Earth to spend it with you. So save me a seat, just one empty chair. You may not see me, but I will be there.”
After Triston had passed, his heart had selflessly found its way to Jacob Kilby, who was in need of a transplant.
Jacob and Becky had never met, but that changed when Kelly halted the Alaska wedding to introduce the young man.
As Kelly explained to the BBC, “I began planning her surprise with Jacob about four to five months earlier. He is an amazing young man.”
Jacob traveled more than 3,000 miles from California to Alaska to be one of the groomsmen and surprise Becky.
It’s a journey that will live long in the memory of all involved, with Jacob telling the BBC the experience been “so unrealistic, so heart-warming and incredibly emotional.”
He added that “overall, it has been all love and two families joining together. Becky and I remain in touch and I am actually still in Alaska visiting here now.”
In the wedding photographs beautifully captured by Love Adventured, Becky is even seen listening to Triston’s heart through a stethoscope.
Becky later publicly thanked Jacob both for being there and for taking care of her late son’s heart, telling him he was “hands down the best gift… most amazing surprise ever.”
Kelly, now Becky’s new husband, had a message to anyone who feels moved by this story – which would really be anyone who has a heart, and even those who don’t.
“We encourage everyone to please become an organ donor. It saves lives and changed ours forever,” he said.