On her July wedding day, Becky Turney’s day was almost complete. The only person missing was her son, Triston, who have been 19-years-old. Triston had died two years earlier, but he was still very much alive in his mother’s heart. She even saved a seat for him at the wedding reports People.
But he wasn’t only alive in her heart; Triston’s heart saved another young man’s life. Jacob Kilby, 21, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. In the years leading up to his 2015 heart transplant, Kilby had three heart surgeries, but before he received Triston’s heart, his chances were looking slim.
Becky had never met Jacob, but she had talked to him on the phone once and exchanged messages online. She took comfort in the fact that her son’s death had saved another life. But that was about to change. Becky’s groom, Kelly Turney, surprised by the bride by having Jacob fly out from San Diego to Alaska to be his sixth groomsman.
“I lost my mind. I squealed like a little girl. I jumped up and down. It was incredible,” Becky, 40, told the Today show.
Becky was able to feel her son’s presence more tangibly as she listened to his heart inside Jacob's body. “Everyone has a legacy, but to see how Triston changed Jacob’s life is just incredible,” Becky said. “It makes you super proud.”
She also told the Today show that meeting Jacob has been healing for her. It reminds her that her son's life meant something, and his death saved other lives.